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The 1996 ICC World Cup final was a showdown between two cricketing giants, Sri Lanka and Australia, held on March 17 at Lahore, Pakistan. Sri Lanka faced the formidable task of chasing down Australia’s target of 242 runs to win the World Cup. Aravinda de Silva walked in to bat with Sri Lanka at 23/2, facing the fierce Australian bowling attack.
De Silva anchored the innings in start well and finished with 107 not out off 124 balls including 13 fours and 1 six that helped Sri Lanka to win their maiden title. Aravinda de Silva’s performance in the final was marked by crucial partnerships, including a 125-run stand with Asanka Gurusinha.