India Vs Sri Lanka 1996 World Cup, Kolkata

Tendulkar’s dismissal spiraled India downward in the 1996 World Cup Semi final against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. Image Credits: Espncricinfo

The 1996 World Cup Semi-Final between India and Sri Lanka is remembered for a number of reasons but the focus is on a peculiar and nervous collapse of the Indian batting after the dismissal of their talisman player Sachin Tendulkar. Set a formiddble target of 252, India lost Sidhu early, but rode on in scintillating fashion on the back of Tendulkar’s valiant 65 of 85  deliveries. However India lost him at 98/2 and then things turned as dramatic ever. Soon India’s skipper Azharuddin followed at 99/3 and then the middle and lower order came crashing down as India were reduced to 120/8. The events that followed were not pleasant, as the enraged crowd left the Eden Gardens messy, on the backdrop of one of India’s biggest batting collapse in ODI history.


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