India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the 1st Semi-final ODI match played between New Zealand and India at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 05th March 1985.

India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights
Kapil Dev hit 30-ball fastest fifty © Channel 9 / Cricket Australia

Half-centuries from Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri after a brilliant bowling performance from Madan Lal and Ravi Shastri combined 7-wickets helped to India comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand and India enter into finals in the World Championship of Cricket 1st Semi-final match.

* Kapil Dev hammered a 30-ball fastest fifty ever in ODIs.

New Zealand scored 206 for all-out in exact 50 overs with top scorer by John Reid struck 55 off 101-balls including two boundaries.

Lance Cairns hammered a 39 off 29-balls including 4-fours and Jeremy Coney scored 33 off consuming 67 deliveries included a boundary.

India best bowler by Madan Lal claimed a 4-wickets for 37-runs in 8-overs, Ravi Shastri 3-31, Roger Binny and Kapil Dev both took one-wickets.

India chased 207-3 in 43.3 overs with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar hit a unbeaten 63 off 59-balls including 5-fours.

Kapil Dev hammered a 54 off 37-balls including 5-fours with strike rate of 145.94, Ravi Shastri scored 53 off 84-balls and Mohammad Azharuddin 24.

New Zealand best bowler by Lance Cairns, Even Chatfield and Richard Hadlee each took one-wickets.

Ravi Shastri named Player of the match for his all-round performance to scored delightful 53-runs knocked off 84-ball including 2-fours after a brilliant bowling to picked up 3-wickets for 31-runs in 10-overs with economy rate of 3.10.

This match reported by Michael Carey (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

ANOTHER quite superb performance by India took them into the final of the World Championship when they defeated New Zealand by seven wickets with six-and-a-half overs to spare in their semi-final under the Sydney Cricket Ground floodlights.

They now meet the winners of today's second semifinal, between West Indies and Pakistan, in the final at Melbourne on Sunday, alter a match which, though ultimately as clear-cut as all its predecessors in this competition, was by some measure the most absorbing seen so far. 

That was due to the struggle batsmen on both sides had in coming to terms with accurate bowling on a slow pitch with a low bounce, on which even India had their problems.

Eventually Kapil Dev and Dilip Vengsarkar saw India home with batting of the highest quality in an unbroken partnership of 105 from the final 74 balls.

By then New Zealand's bowling had lost the control which had suggested they would make India work hard to pass their total of 206 from 50 overs. They were never the same side after Kapil, when 22, had been dropped off Hadlee.

This lapse, by Reid at mid-off, occurred during an over which cost 17 runs after Kapil had been sent in early to try to boost a run-rate which had been restricted to less than three an over, especially by bowlers of the pace of Snedden and Chatfield, who came only grudgingly on to the bat. 

Srikkanth blow

The early loss of Srikkanth and his powerful ability to improvise was more important than usual to India, and even Azharuddin had his problems as he regularly waited for the ball to force off the back foot only to find it was never quite there for the stroke.

His answer was to go down the pitch to Chatfield and company and treat them like spinners, and there was much relief in the New Zealand camp when Coney, running towards the mid wicket boundary, caught an improbable catch as a massive skier came down out of the lights from behind him.

Throughout all this Shastri had made 55 from 84 balls in a way that ensured there would be no panic and, coupled with his accurate bowling earlier, earned him the man of the match award.

Reids error

When Shastri went at 102 in the 32nd over, there was still much to be done, but Kapil did it so well that he had faced only 11 deliveries when Reid, to the dismay of all his colleagues, could not hold an ankle-high chance. Kapil and and Vengsarkar destroyed the bowling in a way that might even have given the West Indies, watching on television in their Melbourne headquarters, food for thought.

Vengsarkar, having been content to nudge the bowling about at first, blossomed to reach 50 from 48 balls and remarkably India, having been restricted to a mere 46 from their first 20 overs, made 157 from the next 20 as the strokes flowed and the half-volleys, rarely seen earlier, began to proliferate.

At the end the entire India side emerged from their dressing room to celebrate with the fourth wicket pair though, this being Sydney, no Indian supporter dared contemplate lighting even the smallest bonfire on the terraces.

Before Kapil, the key factor was again the accuracy of India's bowlers, not least the spin of Shastri and Sivaramakrishnan, though before they appeared New Zealand's innings had foundered against the steadiness of their medium-pacers.

Almost every attempt to break the bowlers' grip led to a mishap and New Zealand were reduced to 151 for seven before Cairns, by making 39 from 29 balls, led them to a total which. though the highest against India in this competition, still proved inadequate.



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