England are felled by a 23-year-old
Series/Tournaments: Prudential World Cup
Pakistan v West Indies, Edgbaston
After Pakistan chose to bat, Mushtaq Mohammad, Wasim Raja and stand-in captain Majid Khan made half-centuries to set a target of 267. Then the livewire Sarfraz Nawaz charged in and snapped up three quick wickets. West Indies were 99 for 5 when Clive Lloyd and Deryck Murray started to revive Caribbean hopes but Javed Miandad removed Lloyd with a googly.
At 203 for 9 there were still 16 overs left and Murray's only concern was to ensure that his partner, Andy Roberts, batted through the rest of the overs. The strategy began to work, and Majid bowled his main man Sarfraz through, striving for that final wicket.
Ultimately, five were required off the last over. Majid had to pick from his remaining options, and he chose Raja. Roberts was on strike. He tried to pull the first one, missed it completely, the ball hit the pads and they ran two. With the field spread out, they stole another two to midwicket. Scores tied.
Was there a further twist? It wasn't to be, as the batsmen decided to run no matter where the ball went. West Indies won with two balls to spare.
Australia v England, semi-final, Headingley
England were wary of the threat posed by Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson after the pummelling they had received the winter before. As it was, they were blown away by Gary Gilmour, a 23-year-old swing bowler playing in only the third of his five ODIs. Gilmour was a late inclusion in the side, but low cloud, a stiff breeze, and a grassy Headingley pitch were ideal conditions for him.
Opening the attack with Lillee, he took 6 for 14 in 12 unchanged overs from the Football Stand End, reducing England to 36 for 6. Greg Chappell had intended bowling him from the Kirkstall Lane End, but Lillee wanted to come downhill, so the junior bowler was switched.
Five batsmen perished to inswingers, the only one to fall to the away-swinger was Tony Greig, spectacularly caught one-handed by Rodney Marsh leaping wide to his right. England were skittled for 93, but the game wasn't over. Australia's batsmen also flopped, and when Gilmour strode to the middle his side was at 39 for 6.
With Doug Walters at the other end, he threw the bat around to good effect, surviving one chance to Greig in the slips when the score was 78, and Australia won by four wickets.
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