Pakistan and Australia's first ever ODI Match in World Cup

World Cup tournament Group B 3rd match played between Australia and Pakistan's first ever ODI match in World Cup at Leeds in 07th June 1975.

Australia won by 73 runs, which was Australia's first ever World Cup match win in one-day cricket.

When Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee flexed his muscles in a magnificent second spell against Pakistan.

The only match that looked capable of producing an exciting finish. the contest became as one-sided as the other three matches in same day of Word cup tournament.

Dennis Lillee finished his spell with 5-34 in 12 overs and Australia won their Group B match by 73-runs.

The narrowest winning margin of the day, Australia's batting stalwart was Ross Edwards was regarded as lucky to make the side, But after a slow start, he hit the ball well. He brought up his half century with a towering 6 over-square leg off medium pace bowler Imran Khan.

Ross Edwards shared in valuable partnership of 70-run stand for the 6th wicket with Greg Chappell, 48-run stand for the 7th wicket with Max Walker and an unfinished 35-run stand with Jeff Thompson for the 8th wicket.

Pakistan vs Australia's first ever ODI Match in World Cup
Wasim Bari leaps to catch an edge off Rick McCosker © PA Photos

Edwards was scored a 80-run not out included a 6 fours and 1 six helped to Australia set up the 278 for 7 in their allotted 60 overs.

Australia's batting rate of just over four and a half runs an over was considered good enough.

it looked better when Dennis Lillee knocked Sadiff Mohammad's middle stump out of the ground when the Pakistan score was 15 and Jeff Thompson trap Zaheer Abbas 8-runs later.

But then the man the Australians feared most, the majestic Majid Khan struck out, He seemed in no difficulty against any of the bowlers and was particularly severe on off-spinner Ashley Mallett and the medium pace of Doug Walters.

Pakistan lost its third wicket at 68 when Mushtaff Mohammad was caught out at point by Greg Chappell off Doug Walters.

Majid Khan reached his 50 in 70 minutes with 9 fours, But he was out for 15-runs later, shortly after tea, when he swept at Ashley Mallett got a him edge and behind wicket Keeper Rod Marsh accept the chance.

Pakistan captain Iqbal Asif and Wasim Raja then put their side well ahead of the clock with 77-run stand for fifth wicket in 58 minutes.

Pakistan scoring rate was well over five an over and 181 for lost 4 wickets off 42 overs, Pakistan looked well in command.

But Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee came back into the attack and knocked Iqbal Asif's off stump towards the sightscreen with his second ball.

Doug Walters claimed Wasim Raja eight runs later and that virtually was the end of the game.

Dennis Lillee and Doug Walters claimed the last six Pakistan wickets for 24-runs off 10.4 overs to give Australia a stranglehold on a World Cup semi-final berth.

Pakistan was dismissed in exactly 53 overs, but the match still lasted 7 hours and 50 minutes in playing time and did not finish until 7:45 p.m.

Jeff Thompson, the much vaunted Australian fast bowler, whose first international overseas was decidedly undistinguished.

Jeff Thompson bowled 11 balls in his first over as umpire Tom Spencer no-balled him five times for over-stepping And when some Yorkshire barrackers celebrated his misfortune.

Thompson made a petulant two-finger gesture at them, Altogether he was no-balled 11 times in his 8 overs spell, which yielded 1 for 25 with 2 maidens.

Thompson could not conquer his run-up and he never bowled flat out because of his concern.

Australia captain Ian Chappell said after the match that Jeff Thompson was looking to net practice in an effort to remedy the situation quickly.

Thompson will probably meet with more success if he plays in the second game.



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