5. Australia beat India, 1987
As the defending champions and with the advantage of playing at home, India were one of the favourites for the title as the fourth World Cup commenced.
Australia on the other hand, were in the rebuilding process following the retirement of several stalwarts and since then had a pretty ordinary international record.
Put in to bat in the tournament opener, Australia were off to a fine start with openers David Boon and Geoff Marsh putting on 110 runs.
While Boon was out for 49 Marsh went on to get 110 from 141 balls with seven fours and a six.
Dean Jones followed this up with a bright 39 from 35 balls and Australia were able to post a competitive total of 270 for six in 50 overs.
However, it was a target that should not have unduly worried the star-studded Indian batting line-up on a flat pitch. Openers Sunil Gavaskar (37) and Kris Srikkanth (70) put on 69 runs and then Srikkanth and Navjot Sidhu (73) increased the score by 62 runs during a second-wicket association.
Dilip Vengsarkar (29) and Sidhu then figured in a 76-run stand for the third-wicket and India were well on target.
Craig McDermott then got among the wickets but thanks to the good start India with four wickets in hand required just 15 runs from four overs.
When the last over commenced India needed six but they now had only one wicket in hand. Maninder Singh hit Steve Waugh for two 2s but was bowled off the penultimate ball leaving Australia surprise winners by the narrowest of margins.
In Image: Oct 1987: Dilip Vengsarkar of India heads back to the pavilion during a World Cup match against Australia in Delhi, India.
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