Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1991-92, first match


At Perth, December 6 (day/night). Tied. Toss: West Indies. A spirited rearguard action by the West Indian tail created an exciting finish to a match made tedious by the bowlers' easy dominance. The ball deviated copiously, in the air and off the seam, giving them a simple task against batsmen on both sides lacking form and confidence. Although India survived all but 14 balls of their allotted 50 overs, their meagre 126 included only two fours, both from Shastri.

West Indies lost Haynes to Kapil Dev's first delivery, and their innings followed the same dreary pattern. They were on the run until their eighth wicket fell, with 51 wanted. But Ambrose and Cummins showed more will than the recognised batsmen, and were 14 runs from victory when Ambrose was run out. A superb slip catch by Azharuddin, off Tendulkar's part-time medium pace, claimed the last wicket with the scores level.

Man of the Match: C. E. L. Ambrose. Attendance: 5,494.

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