World Cup Moments

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Mike Gatting

Gatting's reverse-sweep
Australia v England, 1987 final, Calcutta
One of the most infamous shots in cricket. For many England fans, Mike Gatting's dismissal remains the abiding memory of the 1987 World Cup. Set 254 to win by Australia at Eden Gardens - an imposing target in that era - England appeared well placed at 135 for two 31 overs into their pursuit - until Gatting, on 41, attempted to reverse-sweep opposing captain Allan Border's first ball. A top edge looped to wicketkeeper Greg Dyer via Gatting's shoulder, England's chase unravelled, the run-rate escalated and they were left needing 17 from the final over. Australia won by seven runs.

'Superman' Rhodes
Pakistan v South Africa, 1992 group match, Brisbane
Images of Jonty Rhodes' 'Superman' run-out of Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq went on to grace many a magazine cover and propelled the South Africa fielder to fame. Inzamam, whose side were 135 for two chasing a revised target of 194 at the Gabba, set off for a run but was sent back by captain Imran Khan. Rhodes sprinted in from backward point, gathered the ball and, rather than risk a throw, dived full-length to break the stumps before Inzamam regained his ground. Pakistan faltered thereafter as South Africa wrapped up a 20-run victory.

World Cup semi-final, 1992

Raining on South Africa's parade
England v South Africa, 1992 semi-final, Sydney
England advanced to the final after beating South Africa in controversial circumstances in their semi-final at the SCG. England, who made 252 for six, could be considered favourites even before a 12-minute rain delay late in South Africa's chase. Their target of 22 runs off 13 balls was revised to 22 from seven, and then, ludicrously, 21 from one (the scorecard showed the wrong figure). They managed just one, giving England an anticlimactic 19-run win. The losers were furious, the rain rule was lambasted and England went on to lose the final by 22 runs.

Gibbs 'drops the World Cup'
South Africa v Australia, 1999 Super Six, Headingley
Needing a win to reach the semi-finals, Australia's hopes rested squarely on Steve Waugh's shoulders as he led the recovery from 48 for three in pursuit of 272. He must have feared the worst whem on 56, was dropped at midwicket by Herschelle Gibbs, who spilled the ball as he went to throw it in the air in celebration. Almost inevitably, Waugh went on to make 120 not out as Australia wrapped up a five-wicket victory with two balls remaining. It was claimed at the time that Waugh taunted Gibbs in the immediate aftermath of his drop by saying, "You've just dropped the World Cup, mate", although Gibbs denied this.


A run too far for South Africa
South Africa v Australia, 1999 semi-final, Edgbaston
Just four days after their Headingley meeting, the most dramatic finish in one-day history saw eventual champions Australia scrape through to the final on Super Six net run-rate following a tie at Edgbaston. Lance Klusener's brutal strokeplay left the Proteas needing one run to win off four balls - until he and Allan Donald went all Laurel and Hardy. In the ensuing mix-up, both batsmen were stranded at the same end, Donald dropped his bat and Adam Gilchrist completed the run-out. One of cricket's most enduring images.

Malinga to the fore
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2007 Super Eights, Guyana
South Africa completed an extraordinary one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka despite Lasith Malinga becoming the first bowler in international cricket to take four wickets in four balls. With a single boundary needed to reach their 210-run victory target, South Africa were struck by a virulent bout of nerves. Malinga rearranged Shaun Pollock's stumps with a yorker before Andrew Hall spooned to cover. Jacques Kallis edged the hat-trick ball - the first delivery of Malinga's next over - behind, and another yorker was too good for Makhaya Ntini. Charl Langeveldt and Robin Peterson saw South Africa over the line but Malinga took the plaudits.

Dwayne Leverock

The lesser-spotted flying Leverock
Bermuda v India, 2007 group match, Trinidad
Dwayne Leverock's spectacular slip catch to dismiss Robin Uthappa was one of the enduring images of the 2007 tournament. Leverock, the 19-stone left-arm spinner, dived to his right to cling on one-handed and give Malachi Jones a wicket with his first ball in World Cup cricket. Jones burst into tears, but the weeping spread to his team-mates, metophorically at least, as India romped to a 257-run win.

Australia and Sri Lanka kept in the dark
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2007 final, Barbados
Australia became the first side to win three successive World Cups thanks to a 53-run victory completed in bizarre circumstances. They began their celebrations when Sri Lanka, who had slipped to 206 for seven chasing 281 for four, accepted the offer of bad light and walked off shortly after 6.10pm. But as the stage for the presentation ceremony was being assembled on the outfield, umpires Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor ordered the players to resume the game and complete the remaining three overs. In light barely good enough for the crowd to see the players, let alone the ball, Sri Lanka progressed to 215 for eight before Australia's victory was confirmed.

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