3. India beat England, 1983
Against all expectations India qualified for the semifinals but they were not given much chance of progressing further.
Their opponents at the penultimate stage were England who were very much the team of the tournament for they had topped their group with five wins out of six and were confidence personified.
All seemed set for an England-West Indies final but 'Kapil's Devils' - as they were affectionately hailed by the British media - brought off another major upset defeating the home team by six wickets.
The initial phase, however, belonged to England. They won the toss and openers Graeme Fowler (33) and Chris Tavare (32) put on 69 runs from 17 overs. Roger Binny, however, dismissed them both and the middle order was inexplicably bottled up by the gentle medium pacers and off cutters of Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad respectively.
Not only did the runs dry up but wickets fell at regular intervals. That Fowler's 33 was the top score tells its own tale as England were bowled out for 213 in 60 overs.
India were suddenly in with a chance especially when openers Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth put on 46 runs. Both, however, departed within four runs of each other but England's hopes of a comeback were squashed by a steady third-wicket partnership of 92 between Amarnath (46) and Yashpal (61).
Sandip Patil then came in and hit the ball with awesome power to quicken the tempo and hasten India's victory. He remained unbeaten with 51 and had skipper Kapil Dev for company as India won with 5.2 overs to spare.
In Image: Jun 1983: Sandeep Patel of India batting during the world cup semi-final match against England at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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