• A thrilling finish

    Rain caused an interesting finish to the group stage match between Australia and India in the 1992 World Cup, which was won by only one run.

    Batting first, Australia’s innings of 237 featured 90 from Dean Jones. India batted well in reply, but rain interrupted play after 16.2 overs. As a result, the target was revised to 236 runs off 47 overs.

    Rain cut 15 minutes and three overs when India were 45 from 16.2, but their target dropped by only two runs, because Australia’s three least productive overs were removed.

    In fine weather earlier, Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar had bowled well to restrict Australia, until Jones launched his 109-ball innings with a six and a four.

    India also began slowly, with Ravi Shastri impeded by a knee injury. But Mohammad Azharuddin’s wristy strokeplay collected 93 from 103 balls, and Sanjay Manjrekar (42 balls) hit three fours and a six. The lower order approached the final assault gallantly; 13 runs were required from Tom Moody’s final over, and Kiran More struck the first two to the fine-leg boundary.

    The next hit his middle stump. Prabhakar took a single, but was run out on the fifth ball. Needing four from the last delivery, Javagal Srinath swung; Steve Waugh dropped the ball just inside the boundary, but threw it in to Australia’s acting wicket-keeper, David Boon. Venkatapathy Raju was beaten returning for the third run which would have levelled the scores.

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