Fifth One-Day International


At Nagpur, November 26. New Zealand won by 99 runs. Toss: India.

The match was overshadowed by the terrible tragedy that occurred when the parapet wall of a newly-built extension to a stand collapsed during the lunch interval. Nine spectators were confirmed dead and at least 50 injured; some youngsters fell 70 feet to their deaths. Officials did not dare to call off play, for fear of crowd reaction. Before the disaster, New Zealand had amassed 348 for eight, the third highest total in any limited-overs international. Astle led the way on a run-filled pitch with a fine maiden hundred for his country, though he benefited from dropped catches. It was Crowe, however, who took the initiative. His 63 was to be his last innings for New Zealand; he pulled out of the final game with his long-running knee injury and announced his retirement soon afterwards. Fleming made a fluent 60, but the innings ran into controversy when Twose angrily disputed a boundary catch which dismissed Cairns; he was later fined half his match fee. India had little hope of scoring 349, but made the attempt. The players were unaware of the deaths.

Man of the Match: N. J. Astle.

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