At Manchester, June 9, 10. India won by 34 runs. India began with a well-earned victory over the holders. Put in after a delayed start, they struggled in damp conditions and poor light to make 79 for three in 22 overs, but a splendid innings of 89 by Yashpal led them on to their highest score in three World Cups. Greenidge and Haynes made a confident start, scoring 49 before Haynes was run out in the fourteenth over. From this moment India began to take a grip on the game, and when play ended for the day West Indies were 67 for two in 22 overs. Richards was out early next day and West Indies declined so swiftly that by the 47th over they were 157 for nine. A last-wicket stand of 71 between Roberts and Garner was beginning to cause India serious concern when a smart stumping by Kirmani brought them victory. They had won only one previous Prudential Cup match, against East Africa in 1975.
Man of the Match: Yashpal Sharma.
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