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The year 1987 saw the fourth edition of ICC Cricket World Cup being played in India & Pakistan. The 4th ODI tournament was won by Australia. It is also known Reliance World Cup 1987.

Fourth Cricket World Cup 1987


The fourth ODI World Cup brought across many firsts in the history of the tournament. For instance, it was the first time that its matches were played outside England, with India and Pakistan playing the hosts. Of the total 27 matches, 17 were played in India and 10 in Pakistan. It was sponsored by the Indian major Reliance and came to be known as Reliance World Cup as well. The matches started on October 8 and came to an end with the final on November 8. The format of the World Cup continued to be the same, with the only change being the reduction in the number of overs per team, from 60 to 50.

ICC Cricket World Cup saw participation by eight teams, namely Australia, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. The four teams that reached semi-finals were India, Pakistan, England and Australia, with the last two moving on to the finals. In the final match, Australia beat England by 7 runs to emerge as the winner. David Boon was declared 'Man of the Match' for the same. The tournament saw Graham Gooch making the most number of runs (471) and Craig McDermott claiming the maximum wickets (18).

    1987 Reliance World Cup statistics
  • Administrator - International Cricket Council
  • Cricket format - One Day International
  • Tournament formats - Round robin and Knockout
  • Hosts - India and Pakistan
  • Champions - Australia (1st title)
  • Participants - 8
  • Matches played - 27
  • Most runs - Graham Gooch (471)
  • Most wickets - Craig McDermott (18)
Results Summary
  • 1st Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Hyderabad (Sind) - Oct 8, 1987, Pakistan won by 15 runs (Pak 267/6; SL 252)
  • 2nd Match: England v West Indies at Gujranwala - Oct 9, 1987, England won by 2 wickets (with 3 balls remaining) (WI 243/7; Eng 246/8)
  • 3rd Match: India v Australia at Chennai - Oct 9, 1987, Australia won by 1 run (Aus 270/6; Ind 269)
  • 4th Match: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Oct 10, 1987, New Zealand won by 3 runs (NZ 242/7; Zim 239)
  • 5th Match: Pakistan v England at Rawalpindi - Oct 12-13, 1987, Pakistan won by 18 runs (Pak 239/7; Eng 221)
  • 6th Match: Australia v Zimbabwe at Chennai - Oct 13, 1987, Australia won by 96 runs (Aus 235/9; Zim 139)
  • 7th Match: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Karachi - Oct 13, 1987, West Indies won by 191 runs (WI 360/4; SL 169/4)
  • 8th Match: India v New Zealand at Bangalore - Oct 14, 1987, India won by 16 runs (Ind 252/7; NZ 236/8)
  • 9th Match: Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore - Oct 16, 1987, Pakistan won by 1 wicket (on last ball) (WI 216; Pak 217/9)
  • 10th Match: England v Sri Lanka at Peshawar - Oct 17, 1987, England won by 108 runs (revised target) (Eng 296/4 in 50 ov; SL 158/8 in 45 ov)
  • 11th Match: India v Zimbabwe at Mumbai - Oct 17, 1987, India won by 8 wickets (with 22.1 overs remaining) (Zim 135; Ind 136/2)
  • 12th Match: Australia v New Zealand at Indore - Oct 18-19, 1987, Australia won by 3 runs (Aus 199/4 in 30 ov; NZ 196/9 in 30 ov)
  • 13th Match: Pakistan v England at Karachi - Oct 20, 1987, Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 1 over remaining) (Eng 244/9; Pak 247/3)
  • 14th Match: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Kanpur - Oct 21, 1987, West Indies won by 25 runs (WI 236/8; SL 211/8)
  • 15th Match: India v Australia at Delhi - Oct 22, 1987, India won by 56 runs (Ind 289/6; Aus 233)
  • 16th Match: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Kolkata - Oct 23, 1987, New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 2.2 overs remaining) (Zim 227/5; NZ 228/6)
  • 17th Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Faisalabad - Oct 25, 1987, Pakistan won by 113 runs (Pak 297/7; SL 184/8)
  • 18th Match: England v West Indies at Jaipur - Oct 26, 1987, England won by 34 runs (Eng 269/5; WI 235)
  • 19th Match: India v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad - Oct 26, 1987, India won by 7 wickets (with 8 remaining) (Zim 191/7; Ind 194/3)
  • 20th Match: Australia v New Zealand at Chandigarh - Oct 27, 1987, Australia won by 17 runs (Aus 251/8; NZ 234)
  • 21st Match: Australia v Zimbabwe at Cuttack - Oct 30, 1987, Australia won by 70 runs (Aus 266/5; Zim 196/6)
  • 22nd Match: England v Sri Lanka at Pune - Oct 30, 1987, England won by 8 wickets (with 8.4 overs remaining) (SL 218/7; Eng 219/2)
  • 23rd Match: Pakistan v West Indies at Karachi - Oct 30, 1987, West Indies won by 28 runs (WI 258/7; Pak 230/9)
  • 24th Match: India v New Zealand at Nagpur - Oct 31, 1987, India won by 9 wickets (with 17.5 overs remaining) (NZ 221/9; Ind 224/1)
  • 1st Semifinal: Pakistan v Australia at Lahore - Nov 4, 1987, Australia won by 18 runs (Aus 267/8; Pak 249)
  • 2nd Semifinal: India v England at Mumbai - Nov 5, 1987, England won by 35 runs (Eng 254/6; Ind 219)
  • Final: Australia v England at Kolkata - Nov 8, 1987, Australia won by 7 runs (Aus 253/5; Eng 246/8)
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