India vs Pakistan Final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs Pakistan Final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the Final ODI match played between Pakistan and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 10th March 1985.

Three-wicket hauls from Kapil Dev and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan before Openers Kris Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri steers to India easy eight-wicket victory over Pakistan and clinch the Trophy in the final of a Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket.

Pakistan scored 176-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad hit 48 off 92-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century including two-fours.

Imran Khan scored a unbeaten 35 off 67-balls with two boundaries, Wasim Raja 21 not out, Mudassar Nazar and Saleem Malik both scored 14-runs.

India best bowler by Kapil Dev, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan both picked up 3-wickets, Chetan Sharma and Ravi Shastri both took one-wickets.

India chased 177-2 in 47.1 overs with top scorer by Kris Srikkanth struck 67 off 77-balls, Ravi Shastri scored a unbeaten 63 off consuming 148-balls - which was his third consecutive half-century in this tournament including three boundaries.

Mohammad Azharuddin cracked a 25 off 26-balls included 3-fours and Dilip Vengsarkar 18 not out.

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan and Tahir Naqqash both took one-wickets.

Kris Srikkanth named player of the match for his match-winning 67-runs knocked off facing 77-balls including 6-fours and two-sixes.

Ravi Shastri earned player of the series for his all-round performance to contributed 182-runs including three fifties and claimed 8-wickets in the tournament.

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

INDIA won the World Cricket Championship with scarcely an uneasy moment under the Melbourne floodlights, beating Pakistan by eight wickets after a performance which was typical of the highly efficient way they had played throughout the competition.

At the moment they have reduced the one-day game to such an art that the elements of surprise and excitement tend to disappear and this match was theirs from the time that Pakistan had been contained at 176 for nine from 50 overs, allowing India to pace their way home with 17 balls to spare.

Srikkanth's vigorous 67 earned him the Man of the Match award. Shastri was named Champion of Champions-that is, Man of the Series after his third successive half-century which, allied to his influential bowling made his efforts a key factor in India's success.

Car and champagne

His award was a new car in which he drove his colleagues on a champagne-splashed lap of honour in front of the crowd of 35,296, the highest to watch a game in Australia in which the home country were not involved.

In all, India collected something like £60,000 in prize money from this competition, which enabled Sunil Gavaskar to end his reign as captain on a memorable note.

Gavaskar said: "This is a wonderful way to finish, but our success will not make me change my mind about giving up the captaincy. Our success has come at a vital time for India's cricket after our recent poor performances against England."

Pakistan, after winning the toss, were quickly reduced to 35 for four, after a series of ill-judged strokes which included the dismissal of Mudassar who was caught behind off a delivery that would surely have been called a wide if he had not managed to reach it.

They might well have been 33 for five, for Imran was given the benefit of the doubt for what seemed a clear-cut gloved chance to the wicketkeeper from his second ball, after which he and Miandad restored some order with a partnership of 68 in 22 overs, but the rest of the innings fell away when Imran, sent back, was run out by Gavaskar's direct hit.

Srikkanth lets fly

Wasim Raja ensured that Pakistan used up their overs to become the first side not to be bowled out by India: but although Imran bowled splendidly on this sultry, humid evening, conceding only seven runs from five overs, the knowledge of what was required enabled Shastri and Srikkanth to concentrate on not losing early wickets.

The recognition of the importance of this has been a factor throughout India's successes in this competition and it was not until Imran had been seen of that Srikkanth exploded, hitting two offside sixes on his way to 50 from 63 balls.

Shastri, as ever, was happy to accumulate quietly and by the time that Srikkanth was well caught by Wasim Raja off Imran. cutting a ball that was too straight for the stroke, the pair had put on 105 from 29 overs.

Soon afterwards. Pakistan squandered their one slender op portunity to get back into the game when Azharruddin was dropped behind off Imran.

The rest was predictable and soon the fireworks were lighting up the night sky to mark India's triumph. On Saturday, the West Indies beat New Zealand by six wickets in the third place play off. A consolation for England was that Allan Lamb won the batting award for the best striking rate in the competition.



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