Sixth ODI Cricket World Cup 1996 was played in three countries India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka between 12 International Teams. England, India, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indias, South Africa, UAE, Kenya and Neterlands participated for the 6th Cricket World Cup tournament. Total 37 games were played at 26 different venues of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, with the explosive Sananth Jayasuriya at the top of the order and Muttiah Muralitharan bewitching opposing batsmen with his prodigious powers of spin, proved worthy champions.
The ICC World Cup 1996 was jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from February 14 to March 17. In 1996, the number of participating countries increased to 12, with nine full members Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe and Kenya, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates as three associate countries. The 12 teams were divided into two groups, with 6 teams in each. The top 4 teams from both groups qualified to the Quarter finals.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 138-ball 127 helped India ease to the target. In fact, Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja, who hit a fifty, stitched a 163-run opening stand. India reached the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup only to lose to eventual champions Sri Lanka in a controversial match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Four years later, the coveted tournament was again jointly hosted by India and Pakistan in 1996. This time, minnows Sri Lanka emerged as giant slayers as they defeated Australia by 7 wickets on March 17 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to not just win the tournament but also change the face of ODI cricket for good.
Sri Lanka revolutionised the one-day format with their manic hitting in the first 15 overs, and won the final match against Australia by 7 wickets. Arvinda de Silva was man of the match for his unbeaten 107 runs and picked-up 3 wickets. Aravinda da Silva, their most accomplished batsman, scored an assured unbeaten century in the seven-wicket win over Australia in the final in Lahore.
|1975||England||West Indies||West Indies won by 17 runs||Australia|
|1979||England||West Indies||West Indies won by 92 run||England|
|1983||England||India||India won by 43 runs||West Indies|
|1987||Ind & Pak||Australia||Australia won by 7 runs||England|
|1992||Aus & NZ||Pakistan||Pakistan won by 22 runs||England|
|1996||Ind,Pak & SL||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets||Australia|
|1999||England||Australia||Australia won by 8 wickets||Pakistan|
|2003||South Africa||Australia||Australia won by 125 runs||India|
|2007||West Indies||Australia||Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)||Sri Lanka|
|2011||Ind,SL & Ban||India||India won by 6 wickets||Sri Lanka|
|2015||Aus & NZ||Australia||Australia won by 7 wkts||New Zealand|