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Ranking the six centuries scored in a World Cup final

Ameya Vaidya
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#5 Vivian Richards (1979 World Cup) - 138 v England

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Vivian Richards is regarded by many as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. His aggressive batting technique in that era is still an inspiration followed by many current players such as Virat Kohli.

His innings of 138 runs in 157 balls came at a time when the mighty West Indies were in deep trouble in the 1979 World Cup final against England. Having lost four wickets for 99 runs, Richards and Collis King put on a formidable partnership of 139 runs to enable the team to reach a match-winning total of 286 runs.

The mighty West Indian bowlers were able to knock out the English batting line-up for just 194 runs as they registered a comfortable 92-run win in the end.

#4 Aravinda de Silva (1996) - 107 v Australia

Aravinda De Silva in action
Aravinda De Silva in action

Aravinda de Silva will forever be remembered in the history of cricket for guiding Sri Lanka to its only World Cup triumph till date. In the 1996 final, Sri Lankan bowlers restricted the mighty Australian batting order to a decent total of 241.

In their chase, there were many hurdles in their way as they had to face the formidable Australian bowling line-up consisting of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. Despite the scoreboard pressure, Aravinda de Silva batted patiently and formed a match-winning partnership with Arjuna Ranatunga. His innings of 107 in 124 balls proved how good a batsman he was, thriving even under pressure.