Zimbabwe v Australia, Trent Bridge
Zimbabwe, playing their first World Cup game, pulled off a major upset. They batted first and posted a competitive 239, led by a quickfire 69 by Duncan Fletcher. Despite Kepler Wessels' 76 and Rodney Marsh's rapid half-century, the Australians were restricted to 226 off their 60. Fletcher starred again, turning in a superb bowling performance of 4 for 42. It was the first time a non-Test-playing nation had won its maiden World Cup match. As the last ball was bowled, many of the 7000-odd people inside the ground ran on to congratulate the winners. One of them apparently made a small fortune by gambling £100 on a Zimbabwean victory at odds of about 200-1, and he treated the team royally in the bar afterwards.
India v West Indies, Old Trafford
It was not meant to be much of a contest. But India had beaten West Indies in Berbice earlier in the year and were seeking to prove that they were no pushovers. Fine contributions from Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil took them to a challenging 262, and stifling bowling spells by Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri choked West Indies. A last-wicket stand of 71 between Andy Roberts and Joel Garner brought respectability to their final score, but Kirmani made a smart stumping and India had sealed only their second win in a World Cup match.
India v Australia, Chelmsford
Australia had thrashed India by 162 runs in their first meeting, at Trent Bridge. This time however, the story was different. India started slowly but managed to put up 247 - aided by loose bowling from their opponents: extras was the second-highest scorer. Then Roger Binny and Madan Lal took four wickets each, bringing Australia down from 46 for 1 to 78 for 7. Only Allan Border crossed 30. With this win, India had taken a big step towards the semi-finals.