At Gauhati, January 11. India won by eight wickets. The Sri Lankans' weakness against spin was anticipated by the preparation of a turner at the Nehru Stadium, nestling attractively in a valley. In a match restricted to 46 overs a side because of a damp pitch, caused by excessive watering the evening before, the Indian spinners held sway. Gavaskar dominated India's reply with an unbeaten 70, which brought him the Man of the Match award for the first time in limited-overs cricket.
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