Independence Day Special: 5 Matches When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field
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Independence Day Special: 5 Matches When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field

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Sourav Ganguly and Co. at Lord's Balcony. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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1983 Cricket World Cup semi-final victory

Indian, England, Independence Day, When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field
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It was the first time when India were playing a knockout match of the Cricket World Cup as India faced the hosts England in the 1983 Cricket World Cup semi-final at Manchester on 22nd June 1983. The hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss. Though the English openers Graeme Fowler and Chris Tavare provided a good start with the 69 runs partnership, once that partnership was broken, they lost their wickets at regular intervals. Finally, they were all out on 213 runs on the final ball of that innings. Only both the English openers Fowler (33 runs) and Tavare (32 runs) reached the 30-run mark in that innings, while the Indian skipper Kapil Dev (3/35) bagged three wickets and Roger Binny (2/43) and Mohinder Amarnath (2/27) picked up two wickets each.

Chasing down the target, though India lost both their openers Sunil Gavaskar (25) and Kris Srikkanth (19) in quick succession after a good start, the next batsmen handled the situation very well. While Amarnath scored 46 runs before getting run-out, Yashpal Sharma (61 runs) and Sandeep Patil (51 runs not out off 32 balls) scored half-centuries. While Amarnath-Sharma had the third wicket partnership of 92 runs, Sharma-Patil managed the fourth wicket partnership of 63 runs. India chased down the target in 54.4 overs after losing four wickets (217/4) and advanced to the final of that tournament.

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