West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd Semi-final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd Semi-final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the first Semi-final played between Pakistan and West Indies at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 06th March 1985.

Mudassar Nazar's five-wicket haul and Tahir Naqqash's three-wickets before Rameez Raja's half-century helped to Pakistan crushing seven-wicket victory over West Indies and enter into finals in the World Championship of Cricket second Semi-final match.

West Indies scored 159 for all-out in 44.3 overs with top scorer by Clive Lloyd, Roger Harper each scored 25-runs, Jeff Dujon 22, Desmond Haynes 18, Richie Richardson and Joel Garner both scored 13.

Pakistan best bowler by Mudassar Nazar claimed a 5-wicket haul for 28-runs in 7.3 overs, Tahir Naqqash picked up 3-wickets, Wasim Akram and Wasim Raja both took one-wickets.

Pakistan chased 160 for all-out in 46 overs with top scorer by Rameez Raja cracked a 60 off 88-balls.

Qasim Umar scored a unbeaten 42-runs knocked off facing 57-balls including 3-fours & a six, Mohsin Khan scored 23 off consuming 93-balls.

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall and Roger Harper both took one-wickets.

Rameez Raja named Player of the match for his match-winning 60-runs knocked off facing 88-balls including 7-fours.

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

PAKISTAN reached the World Championship final after beating West Indies by seven wickets in Melbourne. West Indies paid the price for a highly indifferent batting performance and were dismissed for only 159, Mudassar Nazar finishing with five for 28.

Pakistan won with four overs to spare and they now meet India in Sunday's final on the same ground, a match which is bound to arouse great passion on the sub-continent.

The final is unlikely to please the sponsors. There may well be more interest among countless small shopkeepers on the street corners of northern England than among the sporting populace of Melbourne.

Pakistan had only beaten the West Indies twice in 17 previous one-day meetings, but a memorable achievement was always on the cards.

They only had to keep their heads once Clive Lloyd's team had succumbed first to Tahir, Naqqash, who removed Haynes, Richardson and Richards in his first four overs, and ther to Mudassar, who emerged with his improbable figures.

Pakistan were lucky only in that the ball passed the bat rather than found its edge dur ing the Garner Marshall opening salvo, during which Mohsin produced a stoical piece of self-denial. He stayed 36 overs in making only 23 from 95 balls.

Mohsin's stay effectively gave the West Indies only one end to bowl at, and an innings of rare assurance in the face of bowling that verged on the intimidatory at times by Rameez Raja, Wasim's younger brother, was the other crucial factor.

His 60, made from 88 deliveries, earned him the Man of the Match award. It also stamped him as a player of class and no little courage as he first staved staunchly in line against Marshall and later hooked the fast bowlers with time to spare.

Lloyd bows out

Defeat meant that Clive Llovd ends his reign as West Indies captain on a lower note than might have been expected. Curiously, at a time when there seems to be too much inter national cricket of every sort, he partly put down his side's failure to a lack of it.

This, coming from a captain whose side have been in Australia since October and only next week receive New Zealand at the start of a four-Test tour of the Caribbean, may take some swallowing, but it is true.

West Indies had played only one competitive match in three weeks against Sri Lanka -with their game against New Zealand washed out. And they had, ironically, decided against excessive net practice for fear of becoming stale.

They were without Greenidge, who had returned home with an injured back, and Gomes, who lost two teeth last week and whose ability to Occupy the crease and push the ones and twos would have been invaluable in the context of this game.

After Lloyd had for ance opted to bat first, mishaps abounded, often through errors of timing on a slow pitch. Even then West Indies might have used up their overs and reached a viable 200 or so if Holding, Garner and Davis had not failed to lie doggo in support of Harper.



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