Today we are here with the batsmen who made the list of the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. Wills World Cup 1996 was in Asian Subcontinent, co-hosted by India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka and this edition of the World Cup saw
5. Chris Harris 130 (New Zealand)
On March 11, 1996, New Zealand took on arch-rivals Australia in the World Cup Quarterfinals. New Zealand, batting first, scored 286 for 9 from their quota overs. All-rounder Chris Harris would top-score for the Kiwi team scoring 130 off 124 balls, coming after fall of 4th wickets.
You can think about the impact of this innings from the fact that no batsmen other than him & Lee Germon even crossed 11 runs. While Harris’ innings made to the list of the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996, it couldn’t win the match for the New Zealand team which lost the match by 6 wickets.
5. Mark Waugh 130 (Australia)
The Stylist Opener and Younger twin brother of Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, top-scored for the Kangaroo team on February 23, 1996, against Kenya. Australia were put into bat first by Kenya and Waugh took this opportunity to score 130 off 128 balls to guide his team to 304 for 7 with contributions from Steve Waugh (82) & Stuart Law (35).
Waugh’s innings made to the list of the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. The Kenyan Team couldn’t pose any challenge to the Kangaroos as they went down to 207/7 on chase. Australia won the match by 97 runs.
4. Sachin Tendulkar 137 (India)
Master Blaster was already making news and records in the world of Cricket. On March 2, 1996, the Batting maestro top-scored an Indian innings of 271/3 against the eventual champions Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi. Sachin scored run a ball 137 with 8 fours and 5 sixes, an innings that got listed among the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. Azhar (72*) & Manjrekar (32) were other key contributors.
The team, however, couldn’t make much of his innings as India lost the match by 6 wickets with Sanath Jayasuriya (79), Arjuna Ranatunga (42*) & Hashan Tillakaratne (70*) chasing it down for the Island team.
3. Aravinda de Silva 145 (Sri Lanka)
Aravinda de Silva was one of the most prolific run scorers for Sri Lanka in the Wills World Cup 1996. The master batsman, on March 6, 1996, helped his team pile up record ODI score of 398/5 which stayed intact for years to come. D’Silva scored 145 runs from 115 balls hitting 14 boundaries & 5 sixes, an innings that made to the top 3 in the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. Asanka Gurusinha (84) & Arjuna Ranatunga (75*) were the other scorers.
The Kenyan team, enroute to a target of 399, never actually reached there as the team would end their 50 overs at 254/7.
2. Andrew Hudson 161 (South Africa)
Right-Handed Batsman Andrew Hudson, on March 5, 1996 went on to forge a 150+ partnership with Gary Kirsten against Netherlands at Rawalpindi. South Africa would score 328/3 from their quota overs as Hudson would score 161 off 132 balls with 13 fours and 4 sixes, an innings that would feature among the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. Gary would score 83.
1. Gary Kirsten 188* (South Africa)
Left-handed star opener for the Proteas team, Gary Kirsten, on February 16, 1996, helped his team reach 321/2 against UAE at Rawalpindi. Kirsten would score a 159-ball 188 not out with 13 fours and 4 sixes, an innings that would top the best match batting in Cricket World Cup 1996. Hansie Cronje would score a 62 ball 57 and Daryll Cullinan would hit a 50 ball 41 not out.
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