At Manchester, June 14. New Zealand won by four wickets. Although they batted steadily enough on winning the toss on a good pitch, it took a spirited 70 by Abid Ali batting at number seven to push the Indian total to respectable proportions after the first six batsmen had gone for 101 runs in face of accurate but by no means hostile pace bowling by the Hadlee brothers, Dayle and Richard. Madan Lal was the first to give Ali the support he so vitally needed and Venkataraghavan with a fine fighting innings of 26 that enabled Ali to reach 70 and hit one 6 and five 4's before falling to McKechnie. He was ninth man out at 217. Bedi defended well for the remainder of the 60 overs, but was run out off the last ball with India totalling 230.
New Zealand owed their victory to a superb century by their captain, Turner, who batted stylishly and productively for three hours. He hit thirteen boundaries and remained unbeaten for 114 as six other partners came and went for modest contributions. Turner's calmness when wickets were falling regularly at the other end proved too much for India and the New Zealand captain did everything but make the winning hit. That he left to Dayle Hadlee who finished the match with two 4's with seven balls to spare. The adjudicator, Brian Statham, had a simple task in naming the Man of the Match. He was Turner without question!
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