2nd Semi-Final (D/N), Mohali, March 14, 1996, Wills World Cup
(49.3/50 ov, T:208) 202

Australia won by 5 runs

Player Of The Match
Australia Innings
West Indies Innings
Match Flow
Australia  (50 ovs maximum)
lbw b Ambrose022000.00
b Bishop11116009.09
lbw b Ambrose01518000.00
b Bishop318220016.66
run out (Ambrose/Adams)721051525068.57
c Richardson b Harper691101464162.72
run out (Adams/†Browne)31283620110.71
run out (Walsh)711100063.63
not out 661000100.00
Extras(lb 11, nb 2, w 5)18
TOTAL50 Ov (RR: 4.14)207/8
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mark Waugh, 0.2 ov), 2-7 (Mark Taylor, 3.5 ov), 3-8 (Ricky Ponting, 4.5 ov), 4-15 (Steve Waugh, 9.1 ov), 5-153 (Stuart Law, 41.1 ov), 6-171 (Michael Bevan, 44.3 ov), 7-186 (Paul Reiffel, 47.3 ov), 8-207 (Ian Healy, 49.6 ov)
0.2 to ME Waugh, huge appeal and Waugh is gone for a duck! Oh wow, that's a start and a half for West Indies! Ambrose hits the deck hard outside off, but the ball barely gets up, scudding into the knee-roll as Waugh is pinned on the back foot in front of off. Signs of uneven bounce already, despite Australia's faith in what looked a good wicket, and well, that's set the cat among the pigeons!. 0/1
4.5 to RT Ponting, hops across the crease and that's plumb! More nip back off the seam, and again the lesser bounce proves fatal as Ponting can't get his bat down in time. That's smashing middle and off, and this innings is in tatters!. 8/3
3.5 to MA Taylor, bowled him! Outside off, Taylor tries to force a cut off the back foot, but merely chops a cramped under-edge into his off stump! Both openers are gone, and now Australia are in real strife!. 7/2
9.1 to SR Waugh, bowled him! Bishop's World Cup is up and running, and no mistake! Another probing delivery just back of a length, and the steadfast Waugh is lured into an uncharacteristically loose back-foot waft. But the ball has kicked off the seam, kisses the inside edge, and back go his stumps! High fives all round for West Indies, who are utterly rampant right now! It's damage limitation from hereon in for Australia!. 15/4
44.3 to MG Bevan, crashed in the air, straight to extra cover! Bevan is livid with himself, the ball was there for his trademark inside-out flog over the off-side, but he didn't get under the shot as he usually does, and Richie Richardson's safe hands did the rest. It's been a fantastic innings, but how damaging will that be in the final push for 200-plus?. 171/6
West Indies  (T: 208 runs from 50 ovs)
c Fleming b McGrath801261727063.49
c & b Warne1018260055.55
b SR Waugh45456940100.00
not out 49831234059.03
lbw b McGrath2580040.00
c †Healy b Warne1230050.00
lbw b Warne211100018.18
c †Healy b Fleming045000.00
lbw b Warne33200100.00
run out (†Healy)22400100.00
b Fleming011000.00
Extras(lb 4, nb 2, w 2)8
TOTAL49.3 Ov (RR: 4.08)202
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Courtney Browne, 6.1 ov), 2-93 (Brian Lara, 22.6 ov), 3-165 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 41.2 ov), 4-173 (Roger Harper, 43.3 ov), 5-178 (Ottis Gibson, 44.1 ov), 6-183 (Jimmy Adams, 46.3 ov), 7-187 (Keith Arthurton, 47.4 ov), 8-194 (Ian Bishop, 48.2 ov), 9-202 (Curtly Ambrose, 49.2 ov), 10-202 (Courtney Walsh, 49.3 ov)
41.2 to S Chanderpaul, Australia stay alive. Richardson has got stuck at one end, and Chanderpaul is taking risks here. After clearing mid-on in the last over, he fails to do so. Just gets too close to the pitch of the ball and doesn't get the elevation. Straight down mid-on's throat. 165/3
43.3 to RA Harper, McGrath has got two now. Taylor being proven right with his captaincy moves although the decision this time might not be the greatest. Harper shuffles right across to try to work this to leg, and is beaten. The line is good for lbw but he is on his toes when he is hit above the knee roll. Harper is a tall man. So that is a slightly harsh call to rule him out lbw. Richardson gets a change of gloves and a drink of water. The weight on his shoulders increases. 173/4
47.4 to KLT Arthurton, Australia are favourites now. Richardson has no specialist batting allies left. Arthurton backs away - this is the first time he is facing Fleming tonight - to try to swipe him over midwicket. All he manages, though, is an outside edge through to Healy. 187/7
49.3 to CA Walsh, it's all over. What a beauty from Fleming. He has hit the top of the stumps, which is what you need to do with tailenders. Richardson is left stranded at the non-striker's end. This is a wicked offcutter. Pitches outside off, turns back in, and beats an expansive drive from Walsh. Might have been better off with a lower back lift. That is an atrocious shot under the circumstances. It doesn't matter now. Australia have won a game that was lost long ago. They just refused to accept defeat. 202/10
6.1 to CO Browne, and a wicket first ball. What a move. Not how he intended it but a wicket nonetheless. Seems like he has tried a flipper first up, but ends up with a long hop outside off. This one doesn't have the fizz off the surface that Warne's flippers are known for, and Browne is early into his intended punch down to long-off. Ends up hitting it in the air, and Warne takes a smart catch to his left. 25/1
44.1 to OD Gibson, just as he had done with his first spell, Warne gives Taylor a wicket first ball. Once again it seems like it is the flipper. Yes it is the flipper, bouncing on Gibson who is looking for the cut. There is a big shout from Healy for an outside edge, and is upheld by umpire Venkat. Gibson, though, doesn't look too convinced. And once again, I am not sure he has edged it. 178/5
46.3 to JC Adams, oh a desperate desperate shot, and Warne is accurate enough to capitalise. He is shaping up to sweep, but realises this is full and fast, so he ends up playing across the line without getting down on a knee. On to him before he realises, and he is trapped right in front. Hit on the toe. Australia believe some more. 183/6
48.2 to IR Bishop, Warne stands with arms aloft in the middle of the pitch. He feels like the king of the world right now. After the big ripped legbreak comes the flipper, and Umpire Venkat wastes no time in shooting the index finger up. It hits his pad way before the bat comes down. They are not watching him out of his hand. Trapped in front. Now they have only Ambrose and Walsh to go. 194/8
22.6 to BC Lara, oh my word, what a comeback! Waugh's cleaned him up with an absolute zinger! Pitches outside off, grips the seam like a vice, snakes back towards the off bail, and Lara has been turned inside out, guts everywhere, as he plays completely down the wrong line!. 93/2
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  • Australia Innings
  • SG Law and MG Bevan, 138 for the 5th wicket, 2nd highest 5th wicket partnership for Australia in ODIs, 11th highest 5th wicket partnership for any country, 3rd highest 5th wicket partnership in the World Cup.
  • Australia innings: 1x7 ball over (42nd over, bowled by JC Adams, called by umpire BC Cooray)
  • West Indies Innings
  • SK Warne took a wicket with his first ball (CO Browne).
  • West Indies innings: 1x7 ball over (18th, bowled by PR Reiffel, called by umpire BC Cooray)
  • RB Richardson struck umpire BC Coorey in the head with a sweep to square leg.
  • KLT Arthurton 2 runs from 5 dismissals in the 1996 World Cup.
  • S Chanderpaul 50 runs in 95 balls.
  • West Indies lost their last 8 wickets for 37 runs.
  • 1st time West Indies have lost a World Cup semi final.
  • RB Richardson's last ODI
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia advanced
Match numberODI no. 1082
Match daysdaynight (50-over match)
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