India’s tryst with finals at Lord’s- 1983 World Cup, 2002 Natwest series, Women’s World Cup 2017

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur’s blistering 115-ball 171* helped India beat Australia by 36 runs at Derby on Friday and set up a final against hosts England at the Home of Cricket — Lord’s on Sunday.This is the third time the Indian cricket team will play a final at the Mecca of Cricket after the 1983 World Cup and the dramatic Natwest series final in 2002.While the previous two occasions it was the men’s team led by Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly, who made India proud, this time it’s up to Mithali Raj’s women to bring glory to their nation and lift the first-ever World Cup in women’s cricket.Reuters PhotoIndia’s record in finals in England has been good so far. The Kapil-led team won the World Cup in 1993, Ganguly’s men won a nail-biting thriller to upset Nasser Hussain’s men 19 years later. The Men In Blue under Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013 as well.However, Lord’s has always been special to India and Mithali’s women will look to extend the dominance at the iconic ground. India have played two so far and won on both occasions.1983 WORLD CUPOn June 25, 1983, the Indian team scripted history after beating an intimating West Indian side by 43 runs to lift their first-ever World Cup.India took on the Windies twice in the tournament prior to the big final. They had beaten West Indies in their opener by 34 runs and then West Indies beat India by 44 runs in their second game. But everybody rooted for the team from the Caribbean, under the captaincy of Kapil, India did the unthinkable to down the two-time champions.advertisementPutting into bat first, the Indians managed a paltry total of 183 from 54.4 overs. Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts starred with the ball for the Windies as they were all-set to lift their third trophy.But, Kapil and Co. had other plans.Defending a small total, the Indians started on the front foot by dismissing Gordon Greenidge early. The bowlers kept it tight and didn’t allow the batsmen to get away. Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards steadied the ship after an early blow and took West Indies to 50 before the former fell to Madan Lal for 13. Once Haynes fell, the bowlers tightened the noose further and the Windies started losing wickets at regular intervals.Although Faoud Bacchus and Jeff Dujon did form a 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket, Mohinder Amarnath castled Dujon to get India back into the game. Marshall, Roberts  and Michael Holding fell soon after and their innings ended at 140 from 52 overs. Lal and Amarnath starred with the ball for India — picking up three wickets each.That was the first time India had reached the final and an inspirational performance at the Mecca of Cricket allowed them to lift the cup in their maiden try and end West Indies’ dominance, who had won in the last two editions.NATWEST TROPHY 2002The match was nail-biter but it will forever be etched in the memories of every Indian and perhaps English cricket fans due to the Indian captains antics once they won the match.Ganguly took off his shirt at the balcony and waved it passionately after snatching a remarkable victory from the jaws of defeat — some would say that was his reply to Andrew Flintoff’s infamous actions a year back at the Wankhede.PTI PHOTOBut, the match itself was nothing short of a spectacle.Hussain won the toss and elected to bat first. England were provided with a brisk start by Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight. They pair put together 42 runs before the latter fell in the eighth over to Zaheer Khan.Then walked in the captain and the hosts were up and away before anybody could realise. Trescothick and Hussain played aggressively and kept attacking the bowlers. Trescothick finally fell for a 100-ball 109 when Kumble castled him but the damage was already done. The duo put together a stand of 185 runs for the second wicket.Hussain anchored the innings and played a supporting role to Andrew Flintoff, who blasted 40 off 32 balls to help England go bast the 300-run mark. Hussain completed his century before finally falling for 115 — with England’s score on 312/4 from 48 overs. The hosts managed 23 runs off the final two overs and set an monstrous target of 326 for the visitors to win the match.India were off to a flyer thanks to Ganugly and Virender Sehwag, who put on 106 from 14.2 overs before the Prince of Kolkata departed for a 43-ball 60. Sehwag failed to continue and sonn departed for 45 — leaving India at 114/2 from 16 overs.advertisementIndia lost three quick wickets and were staring at defeat. Then came the remarkable comeback. With the team struggling at 146/5 from 24 overs, two young players put their hands up when it mattered the most.Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif started slowly but soon started counter-attacking and kept India’s hopes alive. The duo put together a humongous stand of 221 for the sixth wicket before the southpaw finally fell for 69 from 63 balls. India still needed 49 runs from 44 balls but there were no batsmen to support Kaif now.PTI PHOTOHowever, he kept playing a blinder and was ably supported by Harbhajan Singh but the offie soon fell, followed by Kumble and India’s hopes were diminishing. But Kaif held one end guided his team home with three balls to spare. He finished with 87* off 75 balls and was named the man-of-the-match for his remarkable knock.last_img

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