Top five lowest totals defended in ICC Cricket World Cup Finals
Lowest totals defended in the history of ICC Cricket World Cup finals.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest tournament to be played in the game of cricket. It is being played once every four years. The first edition took place in 1975, and West Indies won it. So far, there have been 12 editions that have taken place. Over the years, there have been many exciting games in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
But the biggest game of any tournament is the final. Over the years, there have been many nail-biting finals that the world of cricket has seen. The pressure of a final is also enormous, and that is why small targets also become hard to chase.
Here we will talk about the lowest totals defended in the ICC Cricket World Cup finals.
Top five lowest totals defended in ICC Cricket World Cup finals
5. West Indies (286/9) vs England in 1975
West Indies won the first two editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup under the leadership of Clive Lloyd. Their second World Cup win came against England at Lord’s. Batting first, West Indies scored 286/9. Viv Richards smashed a brilliant 138 not out, with 11 fours and three sixes. In reply, England were dismissed for 194 runs, with West Indies winning by 92 runs. Joel Garner took 5/38 for West Indies in the match.
4. Australia (281/4) vs Sri Lanka in 2007
If you see the total, you will say it was average, but looking at the game’s situation, it was a big total. The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka at Bridgetown was reduced to 38 overs due to rain. Australia batted first and made 281/4. Adam Gilchrist smashed 149 off 104 balls, with 13 fours and 8 fours. In response, Sri Lanka were given a revised target of 269 runs in 36 overs. They only managed 215/8, and Australia won by 53 runs.
3. Australia (253/5) vs England in 1987
One of the most thrilling ICC Cricket World Cup finals was played between Australia and England in 1987 at the Eden Gardens. Australia batted first and posted a score of 253/5 in 50 overs. David Boon made 75 runs, and Mike Veletta scored a quick 45 off 31. Chasing the target, England were in the game, but in the end, they could only manage 246/8, and Australia managed a 7-run win.
2. Pakistan (249/6) vs England in 1992
Pakistan won their first and only ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992 under the leadership of Imran Khan. They faced England in the final at the MCG. Batting first, Pakistan made 249/6 in the 50 overs. Skipper Imran Khan made 72, and Javed Miandad scored 58 runs.
England didn’t have a great batting display and were dismissed for 227 runs in 49.2 overs, with Pakistan winning the final by 22 runs. Wasim Akram (3/29) and Mushtaq Ahmed (3/41) picked up three wickets each.
1. India (183) vs West Indies in 1983
The lowest total defended in ICC Cricket World Cup finals is by India. They did it against the then two-time champions West Indies during the 1983 edition at Lord’s. No one gave a chance to India when they got all out for 183 runs in the final against the mighty West Indies.
For India, Kris Srikkanth made the most runs (38). But when India came out to bowl, they bowled some brilliant spells, and West Indies didn’t have an answer. They were dismissed for 140 runs, and India won by 43 runs. Madan Lal (3/32) and Mohinder Amarnath (3/12) took three wickets each.
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