First One-day International


At Bridgetown, March 7. West Indies won by 50 runs. Toss: India. West Indies' superiority, founded on their bowling, would have been expressed more forcefully had they not relaxed when the sixth Indian wicket fell with 142 runs still required and only sixteen overs remaining. By then the issue was beyond doubt. India's crumb of comfort was Kapil Dev's magnificent opening spell of six overs for just 12 runs, during which he bowled Greenidge with a superb ball that straightened, and had Richardson caught. The impact of these two setbacks was softened by Haynes, who batted throughout the innings for his thirteenth one-day international hundred. Scored from 132 balls, his 117 not out contained five sixes and eight fours. When the Indians batted, Ambrose bowled only three overs at the start of the innings owing to no-ball problems, but such was the restraint imposed by Bishop and Walsh that Baptiste and Richards, who bowled with much subtlety, capitalised on the desperate Indian efforts to accelerate.

Man of the Match: D. L. Haynes.

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