West Indies end on the wrong side

ESPNcricinfo staff
Three corkers, two of them defeats for the West Indians

England v West Indies, Gujranwala
Disciplined bowling by England kept the West Indies down to 243. The score seemed to be more than enough when England's eighth wicket fell at 209. But Allan Lamb launched a spectacular assault on Courtney Walsh, the most economical bowler till that point. Nearly 50 runs came off Walsh's second spell and England squeezed through by two wickets. They needed 91 off the last 10 and got them, including 15 off the last one, with Lamb proving that his mauling of Bruce Reid earlier in the year had been no fluke.

India v Australia, Madras
The hosts entered this game as firm favourites but soon discovered that they were in a tight contest. Geoff Marsh's century and some lusty late-order hitting boosted the score to 270. Srikkanth's 70 and debutant Navjot Sidhu's six-filled 73 put India well on course for a win. After Sidhu fell at 207, the pressure showed and the Indians crumbled. Steve Waugh, ice-cool at the death, bowled Maninder Singh off the penultimate ball to seal an exciting win by one run. Kapil Dev's sportsmanship - one of Dean Jones' two sixes had originally been declared a four, but during the innings break Kapil concurred that it was indeed a six - was to prove expensive for India.

Pakistan v West Indies, Lahore
Half-centuries from Phil Simmons and Viv Richards were not enough to lift West Indies, as Imran Khan's four-wicket haul kept them down to 216. A superb spell of fast bowling from Courtney Walsh then left Pakistan reeling at 202 for 8, and when Tauseef Ahmed fell one run later, West Indies were firmly in control. Incredibly, Pakistan managed to take 1, 1, 2, 6, 2, 2 off Walsh, all but the second single scored by Abdul Qadir. The over is now perhaps more famous for Walsh refusing to run out the non-striker, Saleem Jaffar, who had backed up too far. Pakistan had avenged the one-wicket loss to the West Indies in 1975 World Cup and gave themselves every chance of making the semi finals.

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