World Series Cup


At Perth January 18. New Zealand won by three wickets. Exasperated with his ill-luck, Coney entrusted the toss to Hadlee, whose success was important only in that it gave New Zealand knowledge of their target - the smallest they had ever had to pursue in a one-day international. From start to finish the conditions favoured the bowlers, with the ball seaming and bouncing eccentrically on a green, newly laid pitch. Snedden justified his late inclusion ahead of the off-spinner, Bracewell, with three for 23. At 76 for two after 25 overs New Zealand were winning comfortably, but the finish became keenly disputed when Kapil Dev returned for his second spell and, bowling with a packed slip cordon, took a wicket in each of his first three overs.

Man of the Match: M. D. Crowe. Attendance: 11,199.

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