India vs Sri Lanka, 1996 World Cup semi-final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata : One of the biggest hated world cup semifinal India vs Sri Lanka on 1996. Azharuddin’s untimely movement in between overs and his decision to field even after the team’s unanimous decision to bat was enough to raise public’s suspicion over the loss that caused damage at the Eden Gardens.
SL 251/8 (50 Ovs)
IND 120/8 (34.1 Ovs)
Sri Lanka won by default
Chasing Sri Lanka’s total of 251 the Indian side imploded once Sachin Tendulkar fell. The home side slumped from 98/2 to 120/8, though a recognised batsman, Vinod Kambli, was still in the middle. The inexplicable collapse didn’t go down well with the crowd at the Eden Garden as they hurled bottles and paper missiles on the field. The large enraged mob was difficult to control forcing the game to be abandoned. Match referee Clive Lloyd awarded the match in Sri Lanka’s favour knocking India out of the World Cup.
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