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Australia vs Sri Lanka 7th Match Prudential World Cup 1975 Article

Read the article of Australia vs Sri Lanka 7th Match Prudential World Cup 1975 - Prudential World Cup tournament of the 7th ODI match first time match played between Sri Lanka and Australia at Kenninston Oval, London in 11th June 1975.

Australia vs Sri Lanka 7th Match Prudential World Cup 1975 Highlights
Alan Turner hits a six © Getty Images

Alan Turner's historic century, Half-centuries from Rick McCosker, Greg Chappell and Doug Walters sets up to Australia registered their historic first ODI win against Sri Lanka by comprehensive 52-runs, despite a fifties from Sunil Wettimuny - Michael Tissera in the seventh match of a Prudential World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Australia's 52-run win was their second largest victory by terms of runs in One-day internationals.
  • Alan Turner became the first Australian batsman to score a hundred in One-day international cricket history.
  • Alan Turner became the first Australian batsman to score a century in World Cup history and overall the fourth player in World Cups.
  • Australia's 278 was their highest score in One-day international, previous highest was 278 against Pakistan at Leeds in this tournament and the second highest total in ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka's 276 was their highest score in One-day international, previously they scored 86 against West Indies at Manchester in this tournament and the fifth highest total in ODIs.
  • This is the first instance of five batsmen were scores of fifty or more runs in an innings in One-day international cricket history.
  • Sunil Wettimuny became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty in One-day international cricket history.
  • Sunil Wettimuny first Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty on debut ODI match.
  • Michael Tissera became the second Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty in One-day internationals.

Australia scored 328/5 in 60 overs with top scorer by Alan Turner 101 (113) and Rick McCosker 73 (111)

Sri Lanka best bowler by Somachandra De Silva 2/60 (12) and Mevan Pieris 2/68 (11)

Sri Lanka scored 276/4 60 overs with top scorer by Sunil Wettimuny* 53 (102) and Michael Tissera 52 (72)

Australia best bowler by Ian Chappell 2/14 (4) and Jeff Thomson 1/22 (12)


Australia's 52-run win in ruthless fashion, Jeff Thompson felled batsman Dulip Mendis with a rearing delivery and sent opener Sunil Wettimuny limping from tire ground with a fractured right instep as Australia struggled with the surprisingly talented Sri Lanka.

Dulip Mendis released from hospital and Wettimuny is hobbling on crutches in the day of 13th June 1975.

Australian Captain Ian Chappell said after the game that Thompson had bowled well.

"The attempted run-out when Wettimuny wandered from his crease was certainly not spiteful". He said "When Thompson picked up the ball he saw Wettimuny start to scamper back to his crease and so he threw the ball".

Umpire Lloyd Budd ruled the disabled batsman not out. The incidents unfortunately came at a crusial time in match Dulip Mendis (32) and Wettimuny (53) had taken Sri Lanka from 84-2 to 150-2 after 31 overs in reply to Australia's total of 328.

The Australian attack was making no impression on the free-hitting Sri Lankans and the 6000 crowd hooted and jeered Thompson when he floored the batsmen.

"Jeff Thompson asked Australia manager to check on the two players and pass on his apologies and sympathy to the Sri Lanka manager."

Australia team Manager Fred Bennett said "There was certainly no malice in either of the incidents."

"Any thought that Thompson should have been warned is ridiculous, They can't expect him to bowl underarm, Dulip Mendis unfortunately misread a short delivery and it is difficult to blame Jeff Thompson for bowling two full tosses that broke Wettimuny's foot.

Overlooked in all the drama was Australia's batting on an ideal batting wicket.

Australia's aggressive left-hand opener Alan Turner bludgeoned a century before lunch against Sri Lanka, The hefty-hitting Glenn Turner reached his century with one ball spare before Australia went to lunch with 178-runs on the scoreboard without losing the wicket.

After lunch the Sri Lanka bowlers snapped up three quick wickets with Alan Turner, whose scored 101 off facing 113 deliveries including nine fours and one six, Rick McCosker scored a 73 off consumed 111-balls and Ian Chappell come and go with 4-runs.

Glenn Turner tried to loft Somachandra De Silva over mid-on after adding only one run to his lunchtime century but he merely presented Dulip Mendis with a simple catch.

McCosker was the next to depart only five runs later when he tried to cut a Somachandra De Silva delivery on the off-stump missed and he was bowled out for 73.

Australian captain Ian Chappell swept spinner Lalith Kaluperuma to the boundary but he was bowled the next ball trying to hit the spinner over mid-on.

Australia had lost three wickets for 9-run in 16 deliveries, Doug Walters and Greg Chappell took up the challenge with Australia 3 for 191 after 38 overs.

At the end Doug Walters (59) and Greg Chappell (50) and both shared a magnificent 117-run stand for fourth wicket partnership helped to Australia scored 328.

Australia opener Alan Turner and Rick McCosker shared a 182-run stand for first wicket partnership to set the scene for Australia's mammoth total of 328 for 5 in 59.5 overs. (The umpire miscounting the deliveries in the last over of the innings.).

Alan Turner named Player of the match for his masterclass innings of 101.