Last updated: 08 November 2022 08:13 IST
The 1987 World Cup was held in the Indian subcontinent with rivals India and Pakistan playing the joint hosts while old rivals Australia and England met in the summit match in Kolkata. It was the second final appearances for both England and Australia. Both England and Australia had their previous World Cup bids rejected by the same opponents West Indies in 1975 and 1979 respectively.
With the previous winners of the West Indies and India knocked out of the tournament, the mat was laid for a new champion and it was Australia led by Alan Border who overtook England to become the new power of cricket. This victory also marks the beginning of Australia’s dominance of world cricket.
England and Australia’s journey to the 1987 World Cup Final was identical – they finished second on their respective soils and then India and Pakistan qualified respectively in the semi-finals to qualify for the big event in Kolkata.
At Judgment Day, Australia landed the first strike by winning the lottery. Hitting first, Australian opener David Boone gave his side a quick start by scoring 75 points from 125 assists with seven bounds. Boone also had the support of his teammates – Jeff Marsh (24), Dean Jones (33) and Border (31) – as Australia netted a 253/5 goal in fifty performances in front of their opponents. Mike Villetta also scored 45 quick-shoots from 31 balls.
Chasing 254 to win, England’s start wasn’t great as opener Tim Robinson was removed for a golden duck. However, Graham Gottsch (35) and Bill Athey (58) fixed their ship and set them on their way to victory.
The duo of Mike Gatting and Alan Lamb consolidated their position by scoring 41 and 45 points, respectively. Border brought Australia back into the game by refusing to Get and soon the English wicket began to fall off. In the end, England fell seven games short of Australia’s total as Border became the first Australian captain to lift the WC Cup.