07 September 2010
Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Kolkata
Take a look at some of the classic matches at the Eden Gardens
Aravinda De Silva of Sri Lanka looks on in disbelief after being bowled by the Anil Kumble of India.
Here we look back at five classic ODI matches to have taken place at Eden Gardens.
Malik makes the difference
The first ODI at Eden Gardens saw Pakistan edge a thriller against India by two wickets in February 1987.
Kris Srikkanth dominated an Indian innings reduced to 40 overs with 123 off 103 balls.
Pakistan got off to a solid start in their chase of 239 as Rameez Raja and Younis Ahmed compiled a century opening partnership.
Ravi Shastri pegged Pakistan back with four wickets before Saleem Malik hit 72 not out from 36 balls to steer his team to a memorable victory with three balls in hand.
Eden Gardens was chosen as the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 final as Australia secured a tense seven-run triumph over England.
David Boon top-scored for Australia with 75 before Mike Veletta's 45 not out off 31 balls gave his side a vital late push to 253-5.
England's reply will forever be synonymous with skipper Mike Gatting's reverse-sweep dismissal to Allan Border's first delivery, signaling the beginning of the end for his team.
Defeat fails to spoil South Africa return
South Africa's return to international cricket took place at Eden Gardens in November 1991 when it met India.
The tourists struggled to 177-8 in a match reduced to 47-overs-per-side with Kepler Wessels top scoring on 50.
Allan Donald made early inroads into the Indian batting on his way to 5-29 but Sachin Tendulkar (62) and Pravin Amre (55) saw the home team through by three wickets.
Six for Kumble
A stunning spell of bowling from Anil Kumble helped India to overwhelm West Indies in the Hero Cup in November 1993.
Vinod Kambli had earlier made 68 but India's 225-7 appeared nothing more than a par score.
West Indies made a reasonable start but the dismissal of Brian Lara for 33 saw the team from the Caribbean slip from 57-1 to 63-4.
Kumble then took centre stage by removing the last six batsmen to finish with figures of 6.1-2-12-6 as West Indies were bowled out for 123.
Sri Lanka joy
A crowd disturbance may have resulted in Sri Lanka being awarded the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 semi-final by default but victory was already all but complete for the eventual tournament winners at that point.
Despite their top three batsmen making only two between them, Sri Lanka amassed 251-8 thanks to half-centuries from Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama.
India seemed on course for victory until Sanath Jayasuriya's dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar for 65 started a collapse from 98-1 to 120-8.
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