First One-Day International


At Faridabad, October 17. West Indies won by 96 runs. Toss: West Indies. International debut: C. E. Cuffy.

A century opening stand between Simmons and Williams, in his first one-day international, gave the tourists an ideal start. Though Lara went cheaply, Hooper reached 50 in just 47 balls, and the 90 he added with Arthurton took West Indies to a fine 273. That was out of India's range after ten overs, in which Walsh and Cuffy reduced them to 21 for four. Though Sidhu and Bedade then contributed half-centuries, their significance was academic. Kapil Dev had a sad match, which turned out to be his final international appearance; he damaged his hamstring in regaining the crease, after being mauled by Simmons while bowling, when he conceded 37 runs in five wicketless overs.

Man of the Match: P. V. Simmons.

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