A remarkable match contained one of the most spectacular innings played in this form of cricket. India, who had chosen to bat on a pitch from which the ball moved a lot, were 9 for four - soon to be 17 for five - when their captain, Kapil Dev, came in. No-one could foresee then that a week later India would be winning the whole tournament; indeed, qualification for the semi-final was in grave doubt. With Binny and Madan Lal, Kapil Dev took the score to 140 for eight and by then was in full flow. Kirmani provided sensible support in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 126 in sixteen overs while Kapil Dev, with six 6s and sixteen 4s in all, reached 175, beating the previous highest for the tournament. Glenn Turner's 170 for New Zealand against East Africa at Edgbaston in 1975. The match was still not firmly in India's hands, for Curran, who with Rawson had been responsible for India's early disasters, played a dashing innings of 73, and it was not until he was ninth out at 230 in the 56th over that India were safe.
Man of the Match: Kapil Dev.
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