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'How the bloody hell did we win that?'

Feb 9, 2015: West Indies had the 1996 semi-final against Australia in the bag. Then they found a way to throw it away

Kanishkaa Balachandran

How the World Cup became a commercial hit

Feb 5, 2015: The relatively modest sums from the first three World Cups were overshadowed by the sale of TV rights in subsequent editions

Martin Williamson

Working the World Cups

Jan 24, 2015: Behind the scenes at a global tournament mostly involves endless meetings, faxes, waiting around, and dealing with fans' and the media's outrage

Amrit Mathur

Men of the Finals

Aravinda takes it up a notch

Dec 25, 2014: On the biggest stage of them all, after Sri Lanka lost their openers early, de Silva stood head and shoulders above the competition and his team-mates

Fringe Benefits: Aasif Karim

'As soon as we got Lara, we were a different side'

Nov 26, 2014: The former Kenya captain recalls Kenya's shock win over West Indies in 1996 and his spell that had Australia quivering in 2003

Interview by Mohammad Isam

My First World Cup

The messenger who couldn't deliver a message

Nov 17, 2014: Ravindra Pushpakumara, the 12th man in the 1996 final, was asked to pass on tons of advice to the batsmen in the middle. But he didn't


The pinch-hitting Cup

Nov 1, 2014: A shambolic opening ceremony, security-related boycotts, and a semi-final won by default


De Silva delivers the trophy for Sri Lanka

Oct 30, 2014: Aravinda de Silva's all-round showing in the 1996 final, against Australia, helped Sri Lanka seal their maiden global title

ESPNcricinfo staff


Mad Max makes magic

Oct 30, 2014: Aravinda de Silva's masterclass in batting stunned India in the 1996 semi-final, before an Eden Gardens meltdown

Sambit Bal


The Prasad-Sohail showdown

Oct 30, 2014: Venkatesh Prasad dismisses Aamer Sohail as emotions run high in the India v Pakistan World Cup 1996 quarter-final

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan


South Africa learn the Lara lesson

Oct 30, 2014: A Brian Lara special helped West Indies see off South Africa in the quarter-final of the 1996 World Cup

Andrew Miller


Kenya snap up Lara

Oct 30, 2014: How a discordant West Indies team fell prey to a group of amateur cricketers from Kenya in 1996

Asanka Gurusinha

'I had the confidence that I could clear any ground'

Jan 6, 2013: He may not have played T20, but Asanka Gurusinha would have fit right in if he had

Interview by Andrew Fernando

Greatest Teams

One-day giants

Dec 1, 2011: Five one-day international sides that have left a lasting mark on the game

George Dobell

Back in the hood, nothing's the same

Feb 18, 2011: Fifteen years after the last World Cup in Asia, the tournament returns to the region, but where previously a shared culture provided some of the bonds, now money talks

Sharda Ugra

War Minus the Shooting

Cricket minus the cliches

Aug 23, 2008: In this narrative of the 1996 World Cup, context means more than the final wicket

Rob Steen

World Cup Moments

Tears in vain as India crash out

Mar 6, 2007: Defeat proved to be too hard to take, both for Eden Gardens and Vinod Kambli

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Top Performances

Amazing grace denies the Kiwis

Mar 5, 2007: Mark Waugh waltzes past a daunting target

Jamie Alter

Top Performances

Majestic Lara sends favourites packing

Mar 5, 2007: Brian Lara defies critics and expectations to knock South Africa out

Andrew Miller

Great Moments

Sohail starts, Prasad finishes

Feb 21, 2007: Booed at home, an India bowler provides a fitting reply

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
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Tournament Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Lahore - Mar 17, 1996
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
Australia v West Indies at Mohali - Mar 14, 1996
Australia won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata - Mar 13, 1996
Sri Lanka won by default
Australia v New Zealand at Chennai - Mar 11, 1996
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
South Africa v West Indies at Karachi - Mar 11, 1996
West Indies won by 19 runs
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