On This Day: Ricky Ponting’s first World Cup century
By B Dixit - Mar 4, 2018 12:06 pm
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Exactly 22 years ago, during the 26th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Ricky Ponting scored his second ODI century, his first in the World Cup against West Indies at Jaipur. Mark Taylor, the then Australian captain, had won the toss and chose to bat.

Ricky Ponting scored his first World Cup century in 1996

Ponting came in the bat at No. 3 (22-1) after Taylor (9) was caught behind off Courtney Walsh. He stitched a 110-run partnership with Steve Waugh (57) for the third wicket. He ended up scoring 102 (112) with the help of five fours and a six as Australia scored 229-6 in 50 overs. With bowling figures of 9-2-35-2, Walsh was the pick of the West Indian bowler.

To the dislike of Ponting and his teammates, Australia ended up losing the match by 4 wickets as West Indies chased down the target in the penultimate over. Richie Richardson, the then West Indian captain, came in to bat at No. 4 and top-scored with 93* (133). His innings comprised of 10 fours and a six. With bowling figures of 10-0-38-3, Mark Waugh was the pick of the Australian bowlers.

Watch the highlights of Ponting’s innings: