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Australia vs India 9th Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985

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Read the articles of Australia vs India 9th Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the 9th ODI match played between India and Australia at Melbourne in 03rd March 1985.

Bowlers attack after a brilliant half-centuries from Kris Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri leads to India comprehensively eight-wicket triumph over Australia in the World Championship of Cricket match.

Australia scored 163 for all-out in 49.3 overs ( Wayne Phillips 60, Rodney Hogg 22, Roger Binny 3/27, Kapil Dev 2/25) India chased 165-2 in 36.1 overs ( Kris Srikkanth 93*, Ravi Shastri 51, Terry Alderman 1/38, Simon O'Donnell 1/45)

Australia vs India 9th Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985
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This match reported by Peter McFarline on 04th March 1985 on TA

Australia skulked out of the World Championship of Cricket with perhaps its worst performance of the 1984-85 season at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.

Needing to beat India, or at least perform some mathematical miracle to scrape into the tournament's semi-finals in the last qualifying match, the Australians were beaten by eight wickets.

The challenge to overcome the efficient, industrious Indians was never met; indeed, the home players performed as if their individual and collective judgments had been impaired by a late and arduous night.

The portents were never good. Captain Allan Border, feeling nauseous, had to send his deputy, Rod Hogg, on to the field for the toss, which was duly lost.

Batting first on a wicket which was a little damp for Border's liking — although he admitted that Hogg's instructions were to bat if he got any say in the matter —Australia got away to its worst start in a season that has been noted for bad Australian starts.

Against medium-pacers Kapil Dev and Roger Binny, who moved the ball a little in the air and off the wicket — as any opening bowler is expected to do — the first four wickets tumbled for 17, and the fifth for 37.

From that point, the game as a contest was over, although 23,282 people did turn up to lend partisan support.

Feverish activity in notebooks and on calculators before the match had told the Australians they needed to score a minimum of 223 runs in 50 overs to go past Pakistan on run-rate in the event of a win.

Although they fell far short of that target — 163 was the final total — more feverish activity by the figures men told them that if they could restrict the Indians to fewer than 161 runs in their 50 overs, they could still makeit to the semi-finals.

An opening stand of 124 in 184 balls by man-of-the-match Ravi Shastri (51), and the pugnacious K rishnamachariSrikka nth (93not out) made sure that was a mathe-matical impossibility. Just to make sure the whole business was an impossibility, Victorian all-rounder Simon O'Donnell dropped Srikkanth at 31, the type of catch dad hits to young Billy to make sure he doesn't feel left out of a game of beach cricket with his older brothers.

In the championship semi-finals, India, winner of Group B, will play New Zealand, runner-up in Group A in Sydney tomorrow. On Wednesday, at the MCG under lights. the West Indies play Pakistan. 

Without doubt, the four best teams in the competition have made it through. The promoters and the organisers will be lamenting the absence of Australia and to a lesser extent England. But any team, such as Australia, which has consistently failed over the past four months to match the best in international competition, or even adhere to the basics of a game which is a national pastime, deserves the Australians' fate. 

When, late in India's innings yesterday, Terry Alderman dropped a difficult running chance off Srikkanth, it was believed to be the 50th catch grassed by the home players in their commitments this season. 

There were no excuses on that day. Thankfully, none were of-fered by Border. 

In the third over, Robbie Kerr played no shot at Kapil Dev and lost his off-stump. In the fourth over, Graeme Wood played a drive at Roger Binny and lost his off-stump. In the eighth over, Border tried to hit Binny over mid-wicket and lost his off-stump. In the ninth over, Kepler Wessels hooked Kapil Dev straight down fine leg's throat. In the 14th over, Dean Jones chased a delivery so wide that his shoulders will be aching with the effort this morn-ing, and did well to edge a catch to the wicket-keeper. 

From 5/37, there was a resur-gence of sorts, led by left-hander Wayne Phillips, who managed 60 runs from 92 deliveries, although he was missed before he had scored by Mohammed Azharud-din at point. 

Still, Phillips, with a little help from O'Donnell (17), and the un-likely Rod Hogg (22) put Australia into a modicum of respectability with some valuable runs in the lat-ter half of the innings. 

But when the innings ended, three balls before it should have, the Australians had hit only six boundaries. 

Srikkanth doubled that tally off his own bat. The Australian bowling was almost as pathetic as the rest of its cricket. The leader of the fast bowling pack, Geoff Lawson, sent down six no-balls and two wides in his opening spell of four overs. By the time he had finished eight overs, he had pushed the no-ball tally to nine. He didn't look fit; if he was unfit, why was he playing? 

Shastri, whose left-arm spin had earlier claimed 1/34 in a tight 10-over spell, was a perfect foil for the aggressive Srikkanth who likes to smash anything short, or loose, to the boundary.

He was given plenty of both, and helped himself to 93 not out off 115 balls. He ended the match 13.5 overs early when he heaved a McCurdy full toss over mid-on to the boundary.