Australian cricket team dominated the gentlemen’s game in the 90s. It was a big deal for any cricket team across the globe to defeat the star-studded Australian line-up in the 90s. India once weaved their magic and tasted success against the mighty Australians. In the Titan Cup 1996, Australia, Sri Lanka, and India were up against each other in a 50-over tri-series.
India had a herculean task in front of them during the ninth match of the ODI series as they needed victory against Australia to confirm a spot in the final against Sri Lanka. The match saw India batting first and putting up a score of 289 on the scoreboard in their 50 overs.
Mohammad Azharuddin led the attack for the Indian side with the willow as he played a sensational knock of 94 runs. Azharuddin was supported by skipper Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid as the two batters added 62 and 56 runs respectively to the scoreboard. For Australia, Mark Waugh and Stuart Law were the pick of the bowlers as they scalped two wickets each.
The second innings saw a lot of drama and action as India had to chase 290 runs in 50 overs. Australia got off to a stunning start with the willow as their opening batters Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor hammered the ball like anything all over the park. Taylor smashed 78 runs off 91 deliveries while Waugh added 37 runs.
Sachin Tendulkar bowls magic with the ball
In the end, the entire equation boiled down to Australia needing just six runs off the last six deliveries. The skipper Sachin Tendulkar played a big gamble in the final over of the match as he himself took the responsibility of taking the team home. The decision was Tendulkar proved to be a masterstroke for India.
On the very first ball of the last over, Brad Hogg had to march back to the pavilion after losing his wicket to a run-out. Tendulkar bowled a delivery outside off that caught Brad Hogg by surprise. The Australian batter tried to hit the ball over the leg side but it fell just behind the stumps.
The keeper quickly grabbed the ball and threw it towards the bowler’s end to dismantle the stump. The accurate throw and the terrific bowling by Sachin helped India in winning the match by five runs.