Prudential World Cup 1979, second semi-final

WEST INDIES v PAKISTAN

At The Oval, June 20. West Indies won by 43 runs. With all their leading batsmen in form, West Indies, having been invited to go in first, ran up a massive total of 293 for six. It was no day for Sarfraz, who failed with the new ball and conceded 71 runs in his twelve overs, although he did remove King towards the end of the innings.

West Indies thrived on a positive opening stand of 132 by Greenidge and his new partner, Haynes. Pakistan missed an important chance when Haynes, on 32, hooked Mudassar and Imran, at long leg, failed at first to sight the ball which he fumbled. In the end Asif claimed the wickets of the first four batsmen, but not before Richards and Lloyd had played some glorious strokes. Some of the best Pakistan bowling was accomplished by Majid with his off-breaks.

Holding struck an early blow for West Indies when Pakistan began their tremendous task with the bat. Bowling at great pace and hostile with the bouncer, he dismissed Sadiq at 10. This setback did not deter Majid and Zaheer who rose to the occasion in a wonderful partnership of 166 off 36 overs that put their side within striking distance. It would have been a different story had Greenidge not dropped Majid off Holding when he was 10. Lloyd, looking for a solution, brought on Richards with his spin and re-introduced Croft at the Vauxhall end. The gamble worked, for although Richards' first over cost 12, Croft made the breakthrough by dismissing Zaheer, Majid and Miandad in twelve balls for 4 runs. Richards followed by disposing of Mudassar, Asif and Imran; and with Roberts proving too much for the tail, West Indies gained their deserved success. Greenidge was named Man of the Match.

A crowd of 20,000 enjoyed the spectacle in brilliant sunshine.

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