On this day in 1987, India lost the 3rd match of the Reliance World Cup by 1 run to Australia. Yes, that was the margin of the loss and the fact that the defeat came at a home ground for India, hurt the Indians even more.
This was the match that India should have won or to put it more clearly, a match which India were winning very comfortably.
India started the match on a good note. They had won the toss and asked Aussies to bat first. Australians began well as David Boon and Geoff Marsh pelted Kapil Dev and company to all parts of the park.
They were 110 when the first wicket fell in form of David Boon who scored 49 off 68 balls. And that was the wicket that Indians required to make a comeback in the game. However, Marsh played superbly and completed his hundred.
In the end, the Aussies reached 270 for 6 at the end of 50 overs, losing 6 wickets.
In reply, India started well and openers Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth started dominating the bowlers. Gavaskar was not playing Gavaskar that day as he made 37 runs off just 32 balls which included 6 fours.
He departed at the score of 69 but it did not dent India much as Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Srikkanth in the middle. It was Sidhu’s day and he was determined to take India home alone. He formed two solid partnerships, first with Srikkanth of 62 runs for the third wicket and then with Dilip Vengsarkar of 76 runs for the fourth wicket.
But after Vengsarkar (29) and Sidhu (73) departed, there was no one who could hold the innings together. The last seven wickets added just 62 runs and India, who were cruising at one stage, collapsed suddenly and fell one run short of the target.
The defeat stands as one of the cruellest losses in the history of Indian victory as this was a World Cup and that too in India.