Winning the 1996 World Cup on the 17th of March was the turning point of the Cricket in Sri Lanka.
The final match was held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, after a heated and controversial semi-final match between Sri Lanka & India.
Sri Lanka won the toss in the 1996 World Cup final & did not hesitate to ball first. Even though Ian Chappel & most of the TV commentary team have had doubts over the decision.
Australia batting first managed to score a par score of 241/7 after their mandatory 50 overs. Aravinda de silva took 3 Wickets for 42 runs.
In reply, Sri Lankan openers got out early & then walked in Aravinda de silva as the number 4 batsman. Aravinda played the innings of his life with the support of Gurusinghe & Ranathunga to lift the 1996 World Cup. Because of this bunch of lads who stepped up to lift a World Cup for their small island, Sri Lankan people still utter their names.
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