On this day in 1987: Australia win first CWC

Sport360 staff 11:41 08/11/2016
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Australia finished runner-up in the first edition of the tournament.

Having finished runners-up to West Indies in the inaugural edition, Australia was back in the final of the World Cup and this time went one step further to claim an historic maiden title in a thrilling decider 21 years ago today.

Batting at a packed Eden Gardens against England, Australia posted a competitive 253.

England, who were making their second appearance in the final, were in a strong position at 135-2 and were on course to reach their target.

But Steve Waugh took the crucial wicket of Allan Lamb (45), leading to a seven-run victory for Australia.

The country would go on to win another four World Cup trophies, their most recent being in last year’s tournament.

1947: Don Bradman scores his 99th first-class century against Victoria.

1970: Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63-yard field goal.

1992: Nigel Mansell wins the Formula One Drivers’ Championship by 52 points.

1999: Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on the highest ODI partnership of 331 in India’s victory over New Zealand.

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