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Australia vs India 10th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 Article

Read the article of Australia vs India 10th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 10th ODI match played between India and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 10th January 1981.


Bowlers and An brilliant fielding display before openers Bruce Edgar's unbeaten half-century and John Wright's unbeaten 39 steers to New Zealand's record ten-wicket victory over India and keep alive their campaign in a one-sided game of the tenth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.


* New Zealand's ten-wicket win was their largest victory by terms of wickets remaining in One-day international cricket history.


INDIA scored 112/9 (34 Overs) with top scorer by Gundappa Viswanath 33 (52) and Kapil Dev 21 (19)

New Zealand best bowler by Jeremy Coney 2/18 (6) and Martin Snedden 2/16 (5)

NEW ZEALAND chased 113-0 (29 Overs) with top scorer by Bruce Edgar * 65 (89) and John Wright * 39 (87)

This match reported by Brian Mossop (Third Party Reference from SMH)



The Indian cricket team is at rock bottom with an alarming performance against New Zealand in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup match at the MCG

New Zealand, making best use of the luck that ran their way, caught the Indians while they were down and figuratively rubbed their noses into the controversial MCG pitch.

The New Zealanders kept alive their hopes of a final berth by crushing India by 10 wickets, openers Bruce Edgar and John Wright taking only 29 overs to polish off the 113 runs needed after the Indians had made 112 for the loss of nine wickets in 34 overs.

Beaten 2-nil by Australia in the three-Test series and trailing in the one-day internationals until today, New Zealand appeared down and out. But they were on top of the Indians from the moment Geoff Howarth won the toss and sent India in.

Rain delayed the start for 50 minutes and by the time the players were forced from the field for 77 minutes during a further fall, the Indian innings was in tatters at 3-34 — T. E. Srinivasan, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar all having lost their wickets with the total on 13.

The measure of India's slump was that only two batsmen managed to reach double figures — Gundappa Viswanath, who made 33 and Kapil Dev who made 21.

They were two of three run-out victims in a fielding display that was commendable in the slippery conditions, even if three catches did go to ground.

The Indians could not take a trick. Apart from three run-outs they lost two wickets to brilliant catches, the best of them a one-handed Howarth catch that will go close to winning the classic catches award for the season. For India, beaten in three days by Australia in the first Test and thrashed in the one day match in Sydney last week, today's game brought a continuation of the sorry saga of a lapse that has them down on form and spirit.


Bruce Edgar named Player of the match for his match-winning unbeaten 65-runs knocked off facing 89-balls including four boundaries.