Looking back at all the World Cup finals from 1975 to 2011

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In 10 World Cup finals till today, only 3 have been won by teams batting second with India taking the trophy in 2011 with highest ever successful chase in a final.

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June 21, 1975 was the day when the first ever World Cup final was held at Lord's Cricket Ground in England. West Indies won the match against Australia.

India are the latest team to win the coveted prize after defeating Sri Lanka in 2011 edition in Mumbai. MS Dhoni-led side chased down a record 275 to bag the prize.


Here is a look back at all the 10 World Cup finals (1975 to 2011)

1975 - England (Hosts)

Champions - West Indies

FINAL - Lord's (London), 21 June 1975

  • West Indies 291/8 in 60 overs (Clive Lloyd 102, Rohan Kanhai 55; Gary Gilmour 5/48)
  • Australia 274 in 58.4 overs (Alan Turner 40, Ian Chappell 62; Keith Boyce 4/50)
  • West Indies won by 17 runs
  • Man-of-the-final - Clive Lloyd

1979 - England

Champions - West Indies

FINAL - Lord's, 23 June 1979

  • West Indies 286/9 in 60 overs (Vivian Richards 138*, Collis King 86)
  • England 194 in 51 overs (Mike Brearley 64, Geoff Boycott 57; Colin Croft 3/42, Joel Garner 5/38)
  • West Indies won by 92 runs
  • Man-of-the-final - Vivian Richards

1983 - England

Champions - India

FINAL - Lord's, 25 June 1983

  • Ind 183 in 54.4 overs (Andy Roberts 3/32)
  • West Indies 140 in 52 overs (Madan Lal 3/31, Mohinder Amarnath 3/12)
  • India won by 43 runs
  • Man-of-the-final - Mohinder Amarnath

Imran Khan led Pakistan to 1992 World Cup win

1987 - India and Pakistan

Champions - Australia

FINAL - Kolkata (Eden Gardens), 8 November 1987

  • Australia 253/5 in 50 overs (David Boon 75, Mike Veletta 45*)
  • England 246/8 in 50 overs (Bill Athey 58, Mike Gatting 41, Allan Lamb 45)
  • Australia won by 7 runs
  • Man-of-the-final: David Boon

1992 - Australia and New Zealand

Champions - Pakistan

FINAL - Melbourne (Melbourne Cricket Ground), 25 March 1992

  • Pakistan 249/6 in 50 overs (Imran Khan 72, Javed Miandad 58, Inzamam-ul-Haq 42; Derek Pringle 3/22)
  • Eng 227 in 49.2 overs (Neil Fairbrother 62; Wasim Akram 3/49, Mushtaq Ahmed 3/41)
  • Pakistan won by 22 runs
  • Man-of-the-final - Wasim Akram
  • Man-of-the-series - Martin Crowe

1996 - India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Champions - Sri Lanka

FINAL - Lahore (Gaddafi Stadium), 17 March 1996

  • Australia 241/7 in 50 overs (Mark Taylor 74, Ricky Ponting 45; Aravinda de Silva 3/42)
  • SL 245/3 in 46.2 overs (Asanka Gurusinha 65, Aravinda de Silva 107*, Arjuna Ranatunga 47*)
  • Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
  • Man-of-the-final - Aravindra de Silva
  • Man-of-the-series - Sanath Jayasuriya

1999 - England

Champions - Australia

FINAL - Lord's, 20 June 1999

  • Pakistan 132 in 39 overs (Shane Warne 4/33)
  • Aus 133/2 in 20.1 overs (Adam Gilchrist 54)
  • Australia won by 8 wickets
  • Man-of-the-final - Shane Warne
  • Man-of-the-series - Lance Klusener

Ponting (left) and Sachin (centre) during 2011 World Cup. Also seen is Sehwag

2003 - South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe

Champions - Australia

FINAL - Johannesburg (Wanderers Stadium), 23 March 2003

  • Australia 359/2 in 50 overs (Adam Gilchrist 57, Ricky Ponting 140*, Damien Martyn 88*)
  • India 234 in 39.2 overs (Virender Sehwag 82, Rahul Dravid 47; Glenn McGrath 3/52)
  • Australia won by 125 runs
  • Man-of-the-final - Ricky Ponting
  • Man-of-the-series - Sachin Tendulkar

2007 - West Indies

Champions - Australia

FINAL - Bridgetown (Kensington Oval), 28 April 2007

  • Australia 281/4 in 38 overs (Adam Gilchrist 149)
  • Sri Lanka 215/8 in 36 overs (Sanath Jayasuriya 63, Kumar Sangakkara 54)
  • Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
  • Man-of-the-final - Adam Gilchrist
  • Man-of-the-series - Glenn McGrath

2011 - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Champions - India

FINAL - Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium), 2 April 2011

  • Sri Lanka 274/6 in 50 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 48, Mahela Jayawardene 103*)
  • India 277/4 in 48.2 overs (Gautam Gambhir 97, MS Dhoni 91*)
  • India won by 6 wickets
  • Man-of-the-final - MS Dhoni
  • Man-of-the-series - Yuvraj Singh

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