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1975: Gavaskar gives up on the chase
The curtain-raiser to the 1975 World Cup turned out to be a dampener as England cruised to a 202-run win at Lord's. One-Day Internationals were just introduced and India had got their status only in 1974, where they played a couple of games before being thrown into the deep sea - World Cup opener against hosts England. It was only India's third ODI and the home side made merry against an inexperienced bowling attack.
Having won the toss, Mike Denness decided to bat and opener Dennis Amiss justified it by going on score the first ever hundred in a World Cup. He was ably supported by Keith Fletcher with whom he added a 176-run stand for the second wicket. Once the platform was set, the likes of Denness (37*) and Chris Old (51*) played quickfire cameos to take the total to 334 for 4 - the highest ODI score at the time.
However, what followed was not something unexpected. Sunil Gavaskar, opening the batting with Ekanath Solakar, gave up on the run chase very early. He played one of the most bizarre innings in ODIs - 36 not out off 174 balls. Since there was no acceleration from Gavaskar the required rate kept soaring up, and the rest of the batsmen also had to buckle down. India finished batting their 60 overs for 132 runs.
1983: India overcome England to reach the final
Having won only one game in the previous two World Cups put together, India entered the 1983 event as the underdogs and did well to reach the knockout stages, beating West Indies and Australia in the league phase. They qualified with defending champions West Indies for the semifinals from their respective group and were pitted against hosts England. The 6-wicket victory at Manchester gave hope to something impossible.
England went by the cliched saying, runs on the board in big games and opted to bat. Most of their batsmen got starts but none could convert it into a significant score, Graeme Fowler being the top scorer with 33. India's pace attack shared 7 wickets amongst themselves, with Kapil Dev finishing with 3 for 35.
Chasing 213, India reached 46 for 0 through Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth but the pair went in quick succession and the innings needed rebuilding. Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma stitched a 92-run stand for the third wicket to keep the underdogs afloat. However, it was Sandeep Patil's unbeaten 32-ball 51 that landed the killer blow to England. The target was overhauled with more than 5 overs to spare and India were through to the World Cup final.
1987: England returns the favour
Another semi-final, India the hosts this time. England win by 35 runs. Both teams had come a long way since the 1983 Manchester encounter, India were defending champions and England were yet to win a major tournament. And since the tournament was being held in the subcontinent, India were firm favorites going into the match, especially having lost only one game until that point.
This was a 50-over format, unlike the previous three tournaments which were 60 overs per side. So, England once again elected to bat in a crunch game and did exceedingly well to reach 254 for 6 at the Wankhede, Mumbai. Graham Gooch scored a hundred (115) opening the batting and was well aided by skipper Mike Gatting and Allan Lamb. Maninder Singh was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3 for 54.
India were cruising in their run chase and found themselves at 204 for 5 with plenty of overs to go and a well-set pair of Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri. However, England's offie and the best bowler, Eddie Hemmings, trapped Azharuddin LBW which in the process triggered a collapse. India lost their last 5 wickets for 15 runs and were bundled out for 219. England were through to their second World Cup final and they were facing arch-rivals Australia.
1992: Robin Smith provides a winning start
The World Cup had started to move to different countries after England hosted it for the first three tournaments. In 1992, it was Australia and New Zealand's turn to welcome the teams to the mega event. By this time, England were being labelled as the bridesmaids of the World Cup as they had made it to two of the four finals and lost both of them. This was almost the last opportunity for one generation of English cricketers - Gooch and Botham - to win something.
Gooch and Smith provided the perfect platform after losing Botham early. The duo were involved in a 110-run partnership but the middle order could not capitalize and support Smith as wickets tumbled at regular intervals and England were restricted to 236/9 on a quick WACA surface. India's four-man pace attack did all the damage, sharing 7 wickets between them with Manoj Prabhakar being the pick with 2 for 34.
India were off to a solid start. Openers Shastri and Srikkanth added 63 for the opening the wicket and there was another 60-odd stand for the third wicket. Botham struck after that in the middle overs and India lost their way. They were a couple of cameos from the lower order but it was not enough to hunt down England's total. India eventually fell short by 9 runs.
1999: All-round Ganguly spoils England's chances
World Cup had returned to England after 16 years but it was not a memorable outing for the hosts as they were knocked out of the league stage. They needed a win in their last league match against India at Edgbaston - same venue hosting these two sides in 2019 - but lost by 63 runs in a rain-affected ODI that was played over a course of two days. India qualified along with South Africa and Zimbabwe for the Super Sixes.
England opted to bowl under overcast conditions and due to India's vulnerability to the moving ball. However, the Indian batsmen adapted well to the conditions and posted a competitive total on the board. Rahul Dravid top scored with 53 while the rest chipped in with useful contributions. In fact, the top six batsmen all crossed 20 with Ajay Jadeja providing the quick flourish in the end with his 30-ball 39. Mark Ealham's military medium was the most effective as he returned with 2 for 28 in his 10 overs.
The chase never really got going for England. They lost early wickets, remained intervened and the game was pushed to the extra day. Graham Thorpe and Nasser Hussain gave them hope with 30s, but it was not enough. Ganguly, who had contributed 40 with the bat, bowled similar to Ealham's pace and accuracy and picked up 3 for 27.
2003: Nehra blows England away
England and India came into their 2003 World Cup fixture having fought some heated battles in the past. Andrew Flintoff helped England draw (3-3) an ODI series in India and Ganguly's team returned the favour by chasing 324 in a tri-series final at Lord's. So the encounter at Durban was a much-anticipated one and it was India who came up trumps with an inspired spell from Ashish Nehra.
India batted first and Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag provided the ideal start, adding 60 runs for the first wicket. However, Flintoff's superb spell did not allow the middle order to get going. Dravid batted till the last over and ended with 62. His knock coupled with Tendulkar's 50 and Yuvraj Singh's 42 took India to 250 in their 50 overs. Flintoff was the standout England bowler with 2 for 15 in his 10 overs.
Mohammad Kaif provided the early wicket through his brilliant bit of fielding and Zaheer Khan sent back Trescothick cheaply. Michael Vaughan and Hussain had steadied things a bit, but Nehra's introduction undid all their hard work. He went on to take the next six England wickets and in the process recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in a World Cup - 6 for 23. Flintoff also performed with the bat but his 64 was not enough to save his side from an 82-run defeat.
2011: No winners as India, England play out a humdinger
After six previous meetings in World Cups, India and England played their best ever game in 2011 at Bengaluru. A match that ebbed and flowed from one team to another and in the end finished as a tie - fourth one in the tournament's history. It was only the second game for both teams in the competition and they cancelled out each other with 338.
India started strong thanks to Tendulkar, who looked on a different zone on a batting-friendly surface. The opener scored a 115-ball 120 and was involved in a 134-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Yuvraj Singh also scored a fifty but the hosts could not get the final flourish due to Tim Bresnan's 5-fer. India lost their last 7 wickets for 33 runs and finished with 338.
England skipper Andrew Strauss led the chase with a brilliant hundred (158). His 170-run association with Ian Bell had put the visitors in the driver's seat going into the final phase of the innings. They needed 57 off 45 balls when Zaheer Khan removed both the set batsmen off consecutive deliveries. The lower order swung their bat around and brought the equation to 14 off the final over, but a calm Munaf Patel ensured England did not cross the line.
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