World Cup 1996 Timeline Match by Match Results
World Cup 1996: The 1996 world cup was been officially named as Wills world cup and got jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the second time since its Inception. The tournament was marred by certain controversies which sparked after the refusal of West Indies and Australia to play in Sri Lanka which has been hit by several terror attacks just a few weeks prior to the world cup. Even though the ICC stated that the venue is quite safe for playing cricket, the respective cricket boards of both West Indies and Australia denied sending their team for the matches held in Sri Lanka.
|Team 1||Team 2||Winner||Margin||Ground||Match Date|
|England||New Zealand||New Zealand||11 runs||Ahmedabad||Feb 14, 1996|
|South Africa||U.A.E.||South Africa||169 runs||Rawalpindi||Feb 16, 1996|
|West Indies||Zimbabwe||West Indies||6 wickets||Hyderabad (Deccan)||Feb 16, 1996|
|Netherlands||New Zealand||New Zealand||119 runs||Vadodara||Feb 17, 1996|
|Sri Lanka||Australia||Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||Feb 17, 1996|
|India||Kenya||India||7 wickets||Cuttack||Feb 18, 1996|
|England||U.A.E.||England||8 wickets||Peshawar||Feb 18, 1996|
|New Zealand||South Africa||South Africa||5 wickets||Faisalabad||Feb 20, 1996|
|Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||Sri Lanka||6 wickets||Colombo (SSC)||Feb 21, 1996|
|India||West Indies||India||5 wickets||Gwalior||Feb 21, 1996|
|England||Netherlands||England||49 runs||Peshawar||Feb 22, 1996|
|Australia||Kenya||Australia||97 runs||Visakhapatnam||Feb 23, 1996|
|Pakistan||U.A.E.||Pakistan||9 wickets||Gujranwala||Feb 24, 1996|
|Sri Lanka||West Indies||Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||Feb 25, 1996|
|England||South Africa||South Africa||78 runs||Rawalpindi||Feb 25, 1996|
|Kenya||Zimbabwe||no result||Patna||Feb 26, 1996|
|Pakistan||Netherlands||Pakistan||8 wickets||Lahore||Feb 26, 1996|
|Kenya||Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe||5 wickets||Patna||Feb 27, 1996|
|New Zealand||U.A.E.||New Zealand||109 runs||Faisalabad||Feb 27, 1996|
|India||Australia||Australia||16 runs||Mumbai||Feb 27, 1996|
|Kenya||West Indies||Kenya||73 runs||Pune||Feb 29, 1996|
|Pakistan||South Africa||South Africa||5 wickets||Karachi||Feb 29, 1996|
|Australia||Zimbabwe||Australia||8 wickets||Nagpur||Mar 1, 1996|
|Netherlands||U.A.E.||U.A.E.||7 wickets||Lahore||Mar 1, 1996|
|India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||6 wickets||Delhi||Mar 2, 1996|
|Pakistan||England||Pakistan||7 wickets||Karachi||Mar 3, 1996|
|Australia||West Indies||West Indies||4 wickets||Jaipur||Mar 4, 1996|
|Netherlands||South Africa||South Africa||160 runs||Rawalpindi||Mar 5, 1996|
|India||Zimbabwe||India||40 runs||Kanpur||Mar 6, 1996|
|Sri Lanka||Kenya||Sri Lanka||144 runs||Kandy||Mar 6, 1996|
|Pakistan||New Zealand||Pakistan||46 runs||Lahore||Mar 6, 1996|
|England||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||5 wickets||Faisalabad||Mar 9, 1996|
|India||Pakistan||India||39 runs||Bengaluru||Mar 9, 1996|
|South Africa||West Indies||West Indies||19 runs||Karachi||Mar 11, 1996|
|Australia||New Zealand||Australia||6 wickets||Chennai||Mar 11, 1996|
|India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Kolkata||Mar 13, 1996|
|Australia||West Indies||Australia||5 runs||Mohali||Mar 14, 1996|
|Australia||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||7 wickets||Lahore||Mar 17, 1996|
World Cup 1996 Format and Group Stages
There were 12 teams in total which participated in the world cup 1996 which included 9 full-time members and 3 associate countries (UAE, Netherlands, and Kenya). The teams were divided into two groups of 6 teams each and four top teams were going to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Talking about the qualification, the teams of Srilanka, Australia, India and West Indies qualified for the quarterfinals from Group A whereas teams like South Africa, England, Pakistan, and New Zealand qualified to form the group B.
World Cup 1996 Quarterfinals and Semifinals
The first quarter-final was been played between England and Sri Lanka where the Lankans secured an easy victory over the English team and entered the semis in the process. The second one witnessed two of the main arch rivals India and Pakistan competing for each other in an epic thriller and India once again got better of their neighbors by 40 runs. On the other side, West Indies and Australia also registered easy victories on South Africa and New Zealand respectively and marched down to the semis of the World cup 1996.
The Semifinals saw two exciting contests but the match between Srilanka and India had to be stopped after the audience in the ground created havoc after seeing the dismal performance by the Indian team. The silence was allotted the victory as default as a result and scheduled an epic finale with the Australian team.
The Finals: Sri Lanka winning their first world cup!
No one would have thought that a team like Sri Lanka will be getting victorious against the mighty Austrians but the Lankans did everything right whilst chasing down 242 runs for victory. Their innings were been magnificently been led by the century form their seasoned played Aravinda de Silva and he stayed not out till the end to take his team to their first ever world cup title.