3rd match: Australia vs India
Chasing Australia’s 271, India fell short by one run. With significant contributions from Krishnamachari Srikkanth (73) and Navjot Sidhu (73), India were on course to victory, needing 15 runs from
24 balls and later, six from six. Last man Maninder Singh (4) managed two 2s but lost his wicket to the penultimate ball from Steve Waugh. In Australia’s innings, a hit by Dean Jones was initially signalled as four (as indicated by boundary fielder Ravi Shastri) but after being disputed by Australia, was given as a six; two runs that ultimately made the difference.
4th match: New Zealand vs Zimbabwe
Chasing 239, David Houghton (142) and Iain Butchart (54) took Zimbabwe from 104 for 7 to 221 for 8 before Houghton fell in the 47th over with 22 runs remaining. Needing six from the last over, Butchart was run out off the fourth ball and Zimbabwe fell short by three runs. Earlier, Martin Crowe (72) and surprise opener Martin Snedden (64) helped New Zealand reach 238.
9th match: Pakistan vs West Indies
An encounter that will be remembered for Courtney Walsh’s sportsmanship. With the last pair—Abdul Qadir (16) and Saleem Jaffar (1)—at the crease, Pakistan needed 14 runs from the last over bowled by Walsh. He gave away 12 runs. With one ball remaining, he could have run out Jaffar for backing up too far and won the match for West Indies. But Walsh let Jaffar go with a warning. Chasing 217, Pakistan won by one wicket.
In the run-up to the 10th World Cup starting February, this is the third in a weekly series of highlights from previous World Cups.
Compiled by Manoj Madhavan.
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