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Killer Instinct floors batsmen - Aus vs SL first ever World Cup Match

Cricket Articles - Killer Instinct floors batsmen - Australia vs Sri Lanka first ever ODI match in World Cup

Prudential World Cup tournament Group B first time one-day international cricket match played between Australia vs Sri Lanka in the World Cup At The Oval in 11th June 1975. 

Australia's 52-run win in ruthless fashion, Jeff Thompson felled batsman Dulip Mendis with a rearing delivery and sent opener Sunil Wettimuny limping from tire ground with a fractured right instep as Australia struggled with the surprisingly talented Sri Lanka.

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Demonstrators hold up the game by lying on the pitch, Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup, The Oval, June 11, 1975 © Getty Images
Dulip Mendis released from hospital and Wettimuny is hobbling on crutches in the day of 13th June 1975.

Australian Captain Ian Chappell said after the game that Thompson had bowled well.

"The attempted run-out when Wettimuny wandered from his crease was certainly not spiteful". He said "When Thompson picked up the ball he saw Wettimuny start to scamper back to his crease and so he threw the ball".

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Sunil Wettimuny scored 53 © Getty Images
Umpire Lloyd Budd ruled the disabled batsman not out. The incidents unfortunately came at a crusial time in match Dulip Mendis (32) and Wettimuny (53) had taken Sri Lanka from 84-2 to 150-2 after 31 overs in reply to Australia's total of 328.

The Australian attack was making no impression on the free-hitting Sri Lankans and the 6000 crowd hooted and jeered Thompson when he floored the batsmen.
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The Australian players gather around Sunil Wettimuny after he was struck in the chest by a Jeff Thomson delivery © PA Photos
Australian team manager said that neither Thompson nor the team was upset about the incidents other than for sympathy to the injured batsmen.

"Jeff Thompson asked Australia manager to check on the two players and pass on his apologies and sympathy to the Sri Lanka manager."

Australia team Manager Fred Bennett said "There was certainly no malice in either of the incidents."

"Any thought that Thompson should have been warned is ridiculous, They can't expect him to bowl underarm, Dulip Mendis unfortunately misread a short delivery and it is difficult to blame Jeff Thompson for bowling two full tosses that broke Wettimuny's foot.

Overlooked in all the drama was Australia's batting on an ideal batting wicket.

Australia's aggressive left-hand opener Alan Turner bludgeoned a century before lunch against Sri Lanka, The hefty-hitting Glenn Turner reached his century with one ball spare before Australia went to lunch with 178-runs on the scoreboard without losing the wicket.

After lunch the Sri Lanka bowlers snapped up three quick wickets with Alan Turner, whose scored 101 off facing 113 deliveries including nine fours and one six, Rick McCosker scored a 73 off consumed 111-balls and Ian Chappell come and go with 4-runs.

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Alan Turner hits a six © Getty Images
Glenn Turner tried to loft Somachandra De Silva over mid-on after adding only one run to his lunchtime century but he merely presented Dulip Mendis with a simple catch.

McCosker was the next to depart only five runs later when he tried to cut a Somachandra De Silva delivery on the off-stump missed and he was bowled out for 73.

Australian captain Ian Chappell swept spinner Lalith Kaluperuma to the boundary but he was bowled the next ball trying to hit the spinner over mid-on.

Australia had lost three wickets for 9-run in 16 deliveries, Doug Walters and Greg Chappell took up the challenge with Australia 3 for 191 after 38 overs.

At the end Doug Walters (59) and Greg Chappell (50) and both shared a magnificent 117-run stand for fourth wicket partnership helped to Australia scored 328.

Australia opener Alan Turner and Rick McCosker shared a 182-run stand for first wicket partnership to set the scene for Australia's mammoth total of 328 for 5 in 59.5 overs. (The umpire miscounting the deliveries in the last over of the innings.).

Alan Turner named Player of the match for his masterclass innings of 101.