Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga are mobbed by their team-mates after Sri Lanka's win in the final
Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga are mobbed by their team-mates after Sri Lanka's win in the final © Getty Images

World Cup - 1996

The pinch-hitting Cup

Sri Lanka revolutionised the one-day format with their manic hitting in the first 15 overs, even while chasing, and were deserved winners. Aravinda de Silva produced a stunning all-round performance in the final to overcome Australia. The tournament was marred by controversy, though. There was the refusal by Australia and West Indies to play in Sri Lanka, and the Kolkata semi-final was awarded to Sri Lanka after the partisan crowd rioted upon seeing India crumble...




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Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
SR Tendulkar (India) 7 523 137 87.16 85.87
ME Waugh (Aus) 7 484 130 80.66 85.96
PA de Silva (SL) 6 448 145 89.60 107.69
G Kirsten (SA) 6 391 188 78.20 90.09
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 6 329 83* 82.25 95.91
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
A Kumble (India) 7 15 3/28 18.73 4.03
Waqar Younis (Pak) 6 13 4/26 19.46 4.68
PA Strang (Zim) 6 12 5/21 16.00 4.55
RA Harper (WI) 6 12 4/47 18.25 3.77
DW Fleming (Aus) 6 12 5/36 18.41 4.87
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Which bowler played his first World Cup in 1996, after having made his debut in 1989?

a. Damien Fleming b. Waqar Younis c. Dominic Cork

Prasad gets his own back Pakistan's openers, Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail, were shredding India's bowlers in the quarter-final chase. Sohail brought up his fifty at more than a run a ball and celebrated with a sizzling slash off Venkatesh Prasad. Once the ball had raced away to the boundary, Sohail pointed his bat aggressively at Prasad, as if to say, "Go fetch." Sohail tried to repeat it next ball and was comprehensively bowled. A charged-up Prasad gave him a send-off....


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'Ranatunga willingly took on the Australians'
Great World Cup Performances: Ian Chappell on how Sri Lanka's triumvirate - Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya - masterminded the World Cup win in 1996 ()