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Viv Richards, in the 1979 World Cup final

Men of the Finals

Viv delivers the goods

Richards played second fiddle to Collis King for a while during the 1979 final, but his was the pivotal contribution

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Viv Richards and Collis King have a mid-pitch discussion

King leaves Richards in the shade

West Indies were struggling at 99 for 4 in the 1979 final when their last front-line batsman came in and set the roof on fire

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Joel Garner bowls

Big Bird takes flight against England

After England's openers had batted too slowly in the 1979 final, their middle order was destroyed by Joel Garner's steepling bounce and accuracy

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Running to stand still: Geoff Boycott's plodding 57 off 105 cost England the match

Did Lloyd drop it on purpose?

Clive Lloyd spilling a catch off Geoff Boycott in the 1979 final inadvertently served West Indies well

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Viv Richards drives on his way to 80

'That shot is my invention'

Richards' manufactured flick for six off Hendrick's final delivery in 1979 was the perfect finishing touch for West Indies

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Richards despatches Hendrick

Six over midwicket and done. The perfect ending to a World Cup final innings

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Big Bird sinks England

After England's openers had batted too slowly, Joel Garner destroyed the middle order and ensured West Indies retained the World Cup