First One-day International


At Jaipur, September 7. India won by seven wickets with six overs to spare. A one-day international record first-wicket partnership of 212 between Boon and Marsh notwithstanding, the Australians managed only 250 and Srikkanth, with his maiden one-day international hundred, fired the Indian win. Marsh used up 140 balls for his hundred, compared with Boon's from 115 balls, and this left no time for the customary slog in the final stages. Moreover, India, after winning the toss, strategically slowed the over-rate so that they bowled only 47 overs, there being no penalty for bowling fewer than the stipulated 50 in the allotted time. Gavaskar, reinstated in the side after a public outcry over his omission, took a secondary role in the opening stand of 86, for there was no holding Srikkanth. He raced to 102 off 105 balls and his stand of 102 with Lamba came off 89 balls.

Man of the Match: K. Srikkanth.

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