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Cricket World Cup Classics: Top 10 Thrilling Encounters


ICC World Cup  •  18 Sept, 2023  •  4,286 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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The Cricket World Cup has gifted us with moments etched in cricketing lore – games that transcend time with their drama, flair, and sheer unpredictability. It's a journey through the annals of cricket's premier event, where underdogs conquer giants, legends are born, and fans revel in the ecstasy of every twist and turn. As we gear up for the 12th edition, let's reminisce about some of the most unforgettable matches that have graced the World Cup stage. Here, we present the top 10 Cricket World Cup classics.

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Australia vs. West Indies, 1975 - Lords' Epic

West Indies tour of Australia | 1975 West Indies tour of Australia | Live  Score, Schedule, News
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The very first World Cup final, set against the backdrop of scorching midsummer at Lord's, offered a feast for cricket connoisseurs. Captain Clive Lloyd's masterclass, a brutal century, and a memorable partnership with Rohan Kanhai laid the foundation for West Indies' triumph. The Aussies, led by Ian Chappell, fell short by 17 runs, courtesy of Vivian Richards' fielding brilliance, including three runouts.

Australia vs. South Africa, 1999 - The Last-Over Maze

My Favourite Match: A tie, a lie and complete disregard for maths - How Australia  vs South Africa '99 World Cup semi-final ruined my childhood - Firstcricket  News, Firstpost
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Imagine the tension: nine runs needed off the final over. The semi-final between Australia and South Africa was a cricketing crucible, Shaun Pollock vs. Australia's hopes. Jonty Rhodes and Jacques Kallis brought it down to a solitary run needed off the last ball. But Lance Klusener's mix-up with Allan Donald, the bails flying off, and Aussie celebrations ensued, sealing their place in the final.

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England vs. Ireland, 2011 - The Kevin O'Brien Show

ICC World Cup 2011: Kevin O'Brien's unbelievable hundred helps Ireland stun  England - Cricket Country
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No World Cup story is as intertwined with one player as Kevin O'Brien's with this thriller. The first half saw England's Goliaths flex their muscles, setting a target that no one had chased before. Then, Kevin O'Brien, with no half-century in nine previous World Cup knocks, embarked on an extraordinary journey. His fastest century in World Cup history defied the odds, etching his name into Irish cricketing legend.

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