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India vs Sri Lanka 9th Match Prudential World Cup 1979 Article

Read the article of India vs Sri Lanka 9th Match Prudential World Cup 1979 - Prudential World Cup 1979 tournament of the 9th ODI match first time played between Sri Lanka and India at Old Trafford, Manchester in 16th & 18th June 1979.

Half-centuries from Sunil Wettimuny, Duleep Mendis and De Silva Brothers' combined 5-wickets helped to Sri Lanka registered their historic first-ever ODI win over India by comprehensive 47-runs in a reserve day used ninth match of a Prudential World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Sri Lanka's 238 was their second highest score in One-day international and It is their second highest total in ODIs.
  • India's 191 was their third highest score in One-day international and It is their second highest total in World Cups.
  • Duleep Mendis became the fourth Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty in One-day internationals.
  • Roy Dias became the fifth Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty in One-day internationals.
  • Sunil Wettimuny became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty against India in One-day international cricket history.
  • Roy Dias became the second Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty against India in One-day internationals.
  • Duleep Mendis became the third Sri Lankan batsman to score a fifty against India in One-day internationals.

SRI LANKA scored 238/5 (60 overs) with top scorer by Sunil Wettimuny 67 (120) and Duleep Mendis 64 (57)

India best bowler by Mohinder Amarnath 3/40 (12) and Kapil Dev 1/53 (12)

INDIA scored 191 for all-out (54.1 overs) with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar 36 (57) and Anshuman Gaekwad 33 (52)

Sri Lanka best bowler by Somachandra De Silva 3/29 (11) and Tony Opatha 3/31 (10.1)

Sri Lanka enjoyed their first world cup triumph at Old Trafford Manchester, when they dismissed India for 191 in the 55th over to win by 47-runs after totalling 238-5 in their innings.

Unable to muster any real pace with the new ball, Sri Lanka's  opening bowlers settled for a good length and line and then Somachandra De Silva made the first breakthrough in mid-innings.

It was skipper Bandula Warnapura who broke an opening partnership of 60 by getting Sunil Gavaskar caught Roy Dias at mid-off for 26 in the 18th over and then the other De Silva, Stanley de Silva forced Anshuman Gaekwad into an uppish on drive when the batsman was 33 and the Indian total 76.

Lunching at 117-2 with another 122 runs needed from 23 overs, India were still in the picture but immediately afterwards Gundappa Viswanath was run out for 22 runs and when leg-spinning de Silva had Dilip Vengsarkar caught by his brother at cover, India were 132-4, and in dire trouble.

It was then that Somachandra de Silva made his most important contribution, Dismissing Brijesh Patel and Mohinder Amarnath in a final return of 11-1-29-3, This Opatha to come back at other end and finish of superb job with figures of 3-31 in 10.1-overs.

Duleep Mendis named Player of the match for his career-best forcefull 64 off 57-balls including 3-sixes and a four with strike rate of 112.28.