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Richards scored 80 runs from a 96-
ball knock, while Malcolm Marshall led
the bowling with 3-28.
The performances seemed to leave
little room for doubt about the final, and
even less after India could only reach 183
runs after losing the toss.
However, things started to go wrong
for the all-conquering West Indies after
Haynes dismissal left his team on 50-
2. Two catches by Kapil Dev, one featuring
a memorable 20-metre dash, removed
Richards and Lloyd, as Mohinder Amar-
nath (3-12) and Madan Lal (3-31) ripped
through the West Indies batting order.
The Windies were all out for 140 with
eight overs to spare in what was a stun-
ning result, and a defining moment, for
Final: West Indies defeats England
by 92 runs
The West Indies were favourites and
worthy winners, helped in the final by
the brilliance of Viv Richards and Collis
King at the crease, and a batting collapse
by the hosts that was spectacular even
by England standards.
In a promising start, bowlers Mike
Hendrick and Chris Old appeared to have
the reigning champions in some trouble
at 99-4. But a swashbuckling 86 off 66
balls from King and an inspired knock
by Richards, who went on to finish
unbeaten on 138, added a punitive 139
runs for the next wicket.
Set a victory target of 287, Mike Brear-
ley and Geoff Boycott put runs on the
board---but did so far too slowly.
England needed 38 overs to reach 129
for the first wicket and even Graham
Gooch s best efforts failed to make a
From 183-2, England s batsmen added
a paltry 11 runs for the next eight wickets
as the West Indies retained their title.
There was no room in the semifinals
for a below-strength team from Australia,
whose best players were all absent due
to their contracts with Kerry Packer s
World Series Cricket.
The new ICC Trophy for non-test
playing nations, created to give World
Cup berths to the tournament s two final-
ists, provided places at the main event
for Sri Lanka and Canada.
Final: West Indies def. Australia
by 17 runs
Hosted by England, the inaugural two-
week tournament was seen at the time
as a major innovation for the sport. Eight
teams were divided into two round-robin
groups of four, with the top two advancing
to the semifinals before a showcase final
at Lord s.
The West Indies and Australia flour-
ished in the 60-over format, while other
test nations struggled to grasp the need
for quick runs.
India s Sunil Gavaskar memorably
plodded through all 60 overs against
England, scoring just 36 runs in a heavy
group stage defeat.
Australia beat England in the semifinals
after a superb display by Gary Gilmour,
whose bowling figures of 6-14 were a
World Cup record and whose 28 runs in
as many balls helped seal a four-wicket
The West Indies went one better, beat-
ing New Zealand by five wickets in the
other semifinal, to line up a decider in
which Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards dom-
inated the pace attack of Dennis Lillee
and Jeff Thomson.
Lloyd s 102 in an innings total of 291
had Australia under pressure right from
the start, while Richards three run outs---
among a remarkable total of five---decided
an entertaining contest.
A series of pitch invasions by an impa-
tient crowd marred the closing stages,
with umpire Dickie Bird losing his hat
in the final jubilant surge.
India ripped through
Windies batting order
Lanka fast bowler Lasith
Maliga has declared him-
self fit to play against
New Zealand in the
opening match of the
Cricket World Cup on
An ankle injury pre-
vented Maliga from play-
ing in Sri Lanka s seven-
match one-day series against New
Zealand in the lead-up to the world
tournament but he told reporters yes-
terday he is ready to return.
Malinga is likely to play in Sri
Lanka s World Cup warm-up matches
against South Africa in Christchurch
on Monday and Zimbabwe on
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
said Malinga was "back to full fitness.
He s doing everything 100 per cent,
he ll be 100 per cent for the games."
Maliga was less emphatic, saying
"I m getting used to the pain because
I really want to play in
this World Cup. If there s
pain, it doesn t matter. I
want to play. ... I m not
sure of the pace and how
that s going, but I ve got
good rhythm and a good
Malinga has been
described as the best
death bowler in world
cricket and his return substantially
strengthens Sri Lanka, who were beat-
en 4-2 in the series against New
Mathews said "Lasith has the X-
factor" which could swing the World
Cup opener in Sri Lanka s favour.
Malinga said he wasn t concerned
that Sri Lanka was investing so much
hope in his return.
"Honestly, I don t know what the
pressure means," he said. "I m used
to all the pressure situations. I have
a free mindset and I just want to do
what I can do."
Malinga says he will be fit for opener
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