Wind-back Wednesday this week looks back at one of Australia’s most extraordinary past efforts from the 1996 World Cup.
West Indies came home with a wet sail during the tournament, recovering from a shock loss to Kenya to stun Australia during the pool stages and reach the semi-finals.
The Windies were on course for another boilover in the semi at Mohali as Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop decimated the top order to leave Australia at 4/15. Stuart Law (72) and Michael Bevan (69) rescued the innings, but the total of 8/207 was looking mighty inadequate when West Indies were 2/165 in the 42nd over.
Shiv Chanderpaul (80) holed out to Glenn McGrath, however, sparking the most mind-blowing collapse imaginable. McGrath had Roger Harper out lbw two overs later and, with 30 runs from as many balls required, Shane Warne took three quick wickets – all lbw.
Captain Richie Richardson kept his side in the contest with a couple of boundaries, but Damien Fleming bowled No.11 Courtney Walsh in the final over as the Windies came up five runs short. Richardson was left stranded on 49 not out as their last seven batsmen failed to score more than three runs, while the ecstatic Aussies were through to a final showdown with Sri Lanka.