The past two decades have witnessed some real cricket classics between India and Australia and one such iconic match was played between the two great rivals in 1996.

The series was Titan Cup, a triangular series between India, Australia, and South Africa, hosted by India. South Africa qualified for the finals after  comfortably defeating  both India and Australia.

The match was a must win for both the sides and a brilliant match was on the cards. Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss and despite Mark Taylor’s century, they could score only 215 for 7 in their 50 overs.

But the good job done by the Indian bowlers were undone by the Indian batsmen’s poor batting.  At 47 for 4 and Dravid, Azharuddin and Ganguly back in the pavilion, things were not looking too bright for the hosts. The game was full of drama as it was suspended for 17 minutes due to crowd trouble. It was only after Azharuddin himself walked out to pacify the crowds that the conditions improved and the match was resumed.

Just like the old times, Sachin Tendulkar was fighting a lone battle but when he departed for 88, it was looking all but over for the Indian team. Sachin  fell when the score was 164 and with two wickets remaining to get the last 52 runs, it was looking nearly impossible for the Indian team.

But then local stars Javagal  Srinath and Anil Kumble had other plans in their mind as they gave the tale a final twist with an unbroken match-winning stand of 52 in only seven overs.

Javagal Srinath (30*, 23b, 2×4, 1×6) in the company of Anil Kumble (16*, 19b, 1×4) against an Australian attack comprising of McGrath, Fleming, Gillespie and Hogg, succeeded in taking India home.  India won by 2 wickets with 7 balls to spare. The partnership was then the world record partnership for the 9th wicket in a successful run chase which was eventually broken in 2003.

Enjoy the incredible partnership:

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