Two Kings dazzle Lord's
Bob Willis, 4 for 11 and Chris Old, 4 for 8
England v Canada, Old Trafford
Defeating Canada was a formality but England's fast-bowling pair of Chris Old and Bob Willis showed no mercy, shooting out the inexperienced entrants for 45. The Canadians tried to resist, opting to block after avenues to score were cut out by a dominant bowling line-up. But they eventually succumbed and such was their surrender that each of the pair's wickets was either bowled, lbw or hit-wicket. Willis and Old grabbed eight wickets between them in 20.3 overs for just 19 runs. Old was menacing and miserly, conceding just eight runs in his ten-over spell as Canada sank to what was then the lowest total in ODIs, scoring marginally better than the number of overs bowled - 40.3.
Mike Hendrick, 4 for 15
England v Pakistan, Headingley
Pakistan would have fancied toppling the hosts after restricting them to 165 but they came up against Mike Hendrick, who delivered one of his finest limited-overs performances. Hendrick, part of a four-pronged pace attack, single-handedly deprived Pakistan of the start they needed to get their chase on track. Majid Khan, Sadiq Mohammad, Mudassar Nazar and Haroon Rasheed were sent back in the space of eight balls for just three runs. Hendrick swung and moved the ball both ways and tore away at Pakistan, reducing them to 34 for 6 from 27 without loss. But the game was far from over as Asif Iqbal launched a spirited fightback with support from the lower order. Pakistan were still in it at 151 for 9 but Hendrick intervened again, snapping up an outstanding catch at mid-off to get rid of Sikander Bakht, complete a memorable win, and walk away with the Man-of-the-Match honours.
Colin Croft, 3 for 29 West Indies v Pakistan, second semi-final, The Oval
Pakistan were on the verge of an unlikely victory against the tournament favourites and on their way to sealing a place in the final before Croft halted their charge with an inspired spell. Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas had put Pakistan in control with a 166-run stand in a chase of 294 when Clive Lloyd decided to reintroduce Croft into the attack. Bowling in tandem with Viv Richards, Croft broke the stand, having Zaheer caught behind. He then proceeded to get rid of Majid, who was caught by Alvin Kallicharran, and trapped Javed Miandad in front first ball. Three wickets had fallen for four runs in 12 balls and West Indies had fought back. Gordon Greenidge was named Man of the Match for his 73, which had helped set up West Indies' challenging score, but everyone knew the game turned in those 12 deliveries.
Majid Khan and Asif Iqbal, Pakistan v Australia, Trent Bridge
Majid and Asif were the architects of Pakistan's resounding win over Australia, delivering stellar all-round performances in their team's charge towards the semi-final. Majid Khan kicked things off with a patient 61, laying the foundation for what would prove a match-winning score. At 152 for 4, things were pretty much even before Asif Iqbal stepped in with a fluent innings, striking seven fours on his way to 61 at better than a run-a-ball. He was supported by Javed Miandad, who did just as well in a breezy, attacking stand that tilted the scales in favour of Pakistan. And they backed it up with some miserly bowling. Asif conceded just 36 in his 12-over spell, while Majid, though a trifle more expensive, grabbed three wickets to cripple Australia in their chase and eventually bowl them out for 197.
Viv Richards, 138* and Collis King, 86 England v West Indies, final, Lord's
West Indies had slipped to 99 for 4 when King, the last of the frontline batsmen, came out to join Richards. What followed was a breathtaking onslaught that turned the match on its head. For once, Richards was for a while outshone by King, who slaughtered the attack. As King reached the middle, Richards offered him some advice. "Hey man, take it easy... we have plenty of time." King was having none of it. "Smokey," he replied, "I ain't gonna let Geoffrey [Boycott] get this, man. In the league there would be no mercy, so why should this be any different?" At lunch, West Indies were 125 for 4, with King on 19. After the break he really got going, twice smashing Wayne Larkins for six in an over and then clipping Boycott off his toes for another. King's blitz was ended when he smacked Phil Edmonds to Derek Randall on the square-leg boundary, but the match had turned. Richards had reached got to the nineties when King was still short of his fifty. He was still in the nineties when King departed, having made 86 from 66 balls. The pair had added 139 in 77 minutes of carnage. With England's bowlers wilting, Richards then took up the assault, bringing up his hundred in the next over. The remaining batsmen only contributed five of the last 48 runs as he unleashed his own barrage at the death. "I scored 138 but it was Collis who came in and took charge," Richards admitted.
Joel Garner, 5 for 38
England v West Indies, final, Lord's
West Indies survived an early wobble to post 286 for 9, thanks to Viv Richards' magnificent 138. In reply, England reached 183 for 2, but Mike Brearley and Geoff Boycott had taken up almost two-thirds of the 60 overs in a first-wicket stand of 129, and the required rate was creeping towards double figures. In the 48th over Garner came back for his second spell from the Nursery End. At the best of times he was hard to play, because at 6'8" his arm was coming from out of the trees above the stands. Add into that the late-afternoon gloom and the ask became almost impossible. "We were grateful to England for their tactics," Garner recalled. "By the time they [the openers] were gone it would have taken a superhuman effort to retrieve the situation." Instead, the superhuman effort came from Garner. His line and length were immaculate from the first ball, as he fired in a succession of spearing yorkers, bowling Graham Gooch for 32 and three balls later blasting through David Gower's defence. After Colin Croft had struck to remove Ian Botham, Garner ruthlessly polished off what remained of England's tail, bowling Wayne Larkins and Chris Old for ducks and then having Bob Taylor caught behind, also for 0. In 11 balls he had taken 5 for 4, and England had lost their last eight wickets for 11 runs. Garner, who finished with 5 for 38, the best in a World Cup final, took off his size-15 boots and hurled them from the dressing room balcony into the mass of fans in front of the pavilion.