The Prudential World Cup 1975, fourth Group A match


At Leeds, June 11. India won by ten wickets. East Africa's batsmen were quite obviously in a class of cricket above them. Their batsmen were without the technique necessary to score runs off accurate Test class bowling and the bowlers, performing on a surface which had nothing to offer, had little to give other than all out effort. They were supported by enthusiastic fieldsmen. Batting first, East Africa made a slow start against the bowling of Abid Ali and Madan Lal. After 22 overs the opening pair Frasat and Walusimba were both back in the pavilion and only 36 runs had been scored.

The introduction of the left-arm slow bowler Bedi did not ease things. He bowled 12 overs at a cost of only six runs. In the 39th over East Africa lost their fourth and fifth wickets with a mere 56 runs scored. But now came a bright and cheery partnership between Jawahir Shah and Ramesh Sethi, the former scoring 37 with some excellent shots to the covers and the latter 23 with more robust swinging shots to leg. Even so East Africa were all out in the 56th over and apart from some steady bowling by Frasat with the new ball the India openers, Gavaskar and Engineer, had no difficulty in overhauling the East Africa score of 120. The winning runs came in the 30th over and both batsmen made fifties. Engineer, following a competent display behind the stumps, was named the Man of the Match. Other than Yorkshire members, officials and guests, only 720 people paid for admission.

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