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On This Day: India knocked Pakistan out of the 1996 World Cup in a Thriller

The India-Pakistan rivalry has produced several remarkable moments in the history of the game but the 1996 World Cup Semifinal at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore will easily get a place in the Top 5 Matches between the two arch-rivals. 

 

India post 287 after winning the toss

India won the toss and chose to bat in the first day-night game at the venue. Navjot Singh Siddhu and Sachin Tendulkar gave India a steady start and added 90 runs for the first wicket. Sachin looked nowhere close his lofty standards and his struggle on the wicket came to an end when Ata-ur-Rahman cleaned up the Master on 31.

Manjarekar then arrived and gave able support to Siddhu, taking team score up to 138. The Indians were scoring at the rate of four runs per over and looked to be settling for a sub-par total. However, that changed when Ajay Jadeja hit Waqar Younis for 22 runs in an over.

The final two overs from Waqar resulted in 40 runs and India ended up with 287 from their quota of 50 overs. Jadeja managed 45 off 25 deliveries with four boundaries and two sixes.

 

Pakistan get off to a flier

With 288 needed from 50, Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar took Pakistan off to a flier. The duo added 84 runs for the first wicket within 10 overs as India had their backs to the wall. Anwar was undone by Kumble after getting 48 off 32 balls.

One of the most memorable moments of the match came when Sohail hit Venkatesh Prasad for a four and asked the Indian bowler to go and pick up the ball from the boundary. Prasad responded by cleaning up his stumps on the next ball. Sohail's wicket changed the momentum of the match.

 

 

India comeback to claim victory

Runs dried and the scoring rate started creeping. Rashid Latif scored a run-a-ball 26 which included two big sixes. However, his innings was cut short by Kumble’s guile and Pakistan could never return back into the game from there. The run-out of Javed Miandad as the eighth wicket meant their loss was stamped with their reign as the limited-overs World Champion coming to an end.

Javed Miandad announced his retirement from International Cricket at the end of the game. India had scripted a memorable victory and most importantly, they had defeated Pakistan on their home soil after nine years.

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