At Pune, December 5. England won by four wickets. For a change in one-day matches in India, with their 9.30 start, the toss played no significant role. Though Gower chose to field, the sun soon dried the dew and India should have made at least 40 more than their 214 for six after a second-wicket stand of 118 in 24 overs. Vengsarkar, missed three times between 77 and 83, failed to push the score along, taking 40 overs for his 105 in perfect batting conditions. England in turn nearly threw the match away, losing six for 129 through poor cricket. But Gatting was undismayed and, with sensible support from Downton, won it impressively with his first hundred in a one-day international. Their unbroken stand of 86 was scored off 14 overs.
Man of the Match: D. B. Vengsarkar and M. W. Gatting (shared).
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