World Cup flashbacks: When Raju punched the air thinking India had won and got run out

Bengaluru: India had been constantly battered in that summer by Australia in a long tour Down Under and the two teams met each other again, this time in the 1992 World Cup.

The venue was Gabba, Brisbane, and both the teams were without a win at that point of time.

Australian captain Allan Border won the toss and elected to bat first in a game that was threatened by rain and powered by Dean Jones's 90 and David Boon's 43, the hosts made of 237 for nine in 50 overs.

Indian spearheads Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar took three wickets each while Venkatapathy Raju, who would be a central character towards the end of the game, took one. Ajay Jadeja, who got his first full game, took a blinder of a catch to dismiss Border.

Shastri's slow batting, draconian rule

The Indian chase started badly as Krish Srikkanth was castled by Craig McDermot without scoring after playing 10 balls. The other opener, the current Indian coach - Ravi Shastri - scored at a snail's pace (25 off 67 balls) to put his team under immense pressure.

Rain intervened in the 17th over when India were 45 for one and once the game resumed, India's task was made tough by the draconian rain rule. They now needed 236 from 47 overs which meant only two runs less, but three overs were deducted.

Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was in a good nick that day after India lost Shastri and then Sachin Tendulkar (11) cheaply, Kapil Dev was promoted up the order.

The former India skipper still had the agony of the one-run loss in Chennai (then Madras) five years earlier and played a brisk knock which though was cut short by Steve Waugh.

The generally slow Sanjay Manjrekar then came up with a 42-ball 47 and added 66 runs with Azharuddin for the fifth wicket. However, the skipper's run-out in the 43rd over put a brake on India's chase and with Manjrekar falling with the score at 216, the match seemed to be slipping out of India's hands.

 

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