Memorable One Day Cricket World Cup Matches | Best Contests of all time

The cricket world has seen many interesting contests but when it comes to the mega event games, the excitement for the fans goes to the next level.

We have compiled a list of top 3 memorable matches played in the ICC One Day Cricket World Cup History (1975 to 2019):

  • The 1992 Cricket World Cup Final between Pakistan and England is considered one of the most memorable and exciting one-day international (ODI) matches of all time. Pakistan, led by captain Imran Khan, chased down a target of 252 runs to win the match by 22 runs and lift the trophy.
  • The 1999 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final between Australia and South Africa is also considered one of the greatest ODI matches of all time. The match went to the final ball, with Australia needing 4 runs to win and South Africa needing one wicket. In the end, it was Australia who emerged victorious, thanks to a memorable knock by Steve Waugh.
  • The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final was played between England and New Zealand. It was a top notch contest with full of drama. New Zealand managed to score the same number of runs, resulting in the match ending in a tie. A super over was then played to determine the winner, and England emerged victorious. The match is remembered as one of the most memorable Cricket World Cup Finals of all time, with England lifted the trophy for the first time in their history.

1. Cricket World Cup 1999 Final Match between Pakistan & England

The 1992 Cricket World Cup Final was played on March 25, 1992, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. Pakistan and England were the two teams that made it to the final, and it was the first time that Pakistan had reached the final of the Cricket World Cup.

The match was a thrilling encounter that went down to the wire. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first, and they managed to restrict England to a total of 251 runs, with Alec Stewart top-scoring for England with a knock of 90 runs.

In their chase, Pakistan got off to a solid start, with openers Aamer Sohail and Rameez Raja putting on a partnership of 87 runs. However, England fought back and kept taking wickets at regular intervals to put pressure on Pakistan.

The match was finely balanced when Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, came to the crease. Imran played a captain’s knock, scoring a crucial 72 runs and leading Pakistan to victory with just three balls to spare. He was supported by Inzamam-ul-Haq, who scored a quickfire 42 runs, and Javed Miandad, who scored a crucial unbeaten knock of 57 runs.

In the end, Pakistan chased down the target of 252 runs to win the match by 22 runs and lift the trophy, sparking wild celebrations among the Pakistani players and fans. The match is remembered as one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Cricket World Cup, with Pakistan beating the odds to emerge victorious.

2. World Cup 1999 Semi Final Final between Australia & South Africa

The 1999 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final between Australia and South Africa was played on June 11, 1999, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England. The match was a highly anticipated encounter between two of the top teams in the world, with both sides boasting strong batting and bowling lineups.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, and they got off to a solid start, with openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden putting on a partnership of 85 runs. However, South Africa fought back and managed to take regular wickets to keep Australia in check.

Despite some good performances from the Australian batsmen, South Africa managed to bowl them out for 213 runs, with Allan Donald taking four wickets for the Proteas.

In their chase, South Africa got off to a good start, with openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs putting on a partnership of 81 runs. However, Australia fought back and kept taking wickets to put pressure on South Africa.

The match went down to the wire, with South Africa needing just one run to win off the final ball. Steve Waugh, the Australian captain, bowled the final delivery, and Allan Donald, the South African batsman, was run out trying to steal a single, resulting in a dramatic Australian victory.

The match is remembered as one of the greatest one-day international matches of all time, with Australia narrowly winning a thrilling encounter.

3. Cricket World Cup 2019 Final between England & New Zealand

The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand was played on July 14, 2019, at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England. The match was a highly anticipated encounter between two of the top teams in the world, with both sides having played some impressive cricket throughout the tournament.

England won the toss and elected to bat first, and they got off to a solid start, with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow putting on a partnership of 160 runs. However, the English batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 241 runs.

In their chase, New Zealand got off to a steady start, with openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls putting on a partnership of 45 runs. However, the New Zealand batsmen struggled to score runs freely and were unable to keep up with the required run rate.

The match went down to the wire, with New Zealand needing 15 runs to win off the final over. In the end, it was England who emerged victorious, thanks to some excellent bowling by Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.

The match is remembered as one of the most memorable Cricket World Cup Finals of all time, with England lifting the trophy for the first time in their history. The match was also notable for a dramatic super over, which was required to determine the winner after the match ended in a tie.

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