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Australia vs India 6th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs India 6th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 6th ODI match played between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 18th December 1980.


Bowlers attack before An unbeaten maiden ODI century from Allan Border and Greg Chappell's unbeaten fifty leads to Australia registered their historic first ODI win against India by comfortable nine-wicket victory over India in a one-sided game of the sixth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Allan Border became the third Australian batsman to score a hundred in One-day internationals after Alan Turner and Greg Chappell.
  • Allan Border became the first Australian batsman to score a century against India in One-day international cricket history.
  • 127* : Allan Border and Greg Chappell set up the record any-wicket partnership for Australia against India in One-day international, previously held by the 60-run stand for the first-wicket between Kim Hughes and John Dyson at MCG in this tournament and Australia's fourth highest second-wicket stand in ODIs.


INDIA scored 180/9 (49 Overs) with top scorer by Gundappa Viswanath 43 (80) and Yashpal Sharma 34 (61)

Australia best bowler by Shaun Graf 2/23 (10) and Dennis Lillee 2/29 (10)

AUSTRALIA chased 183/1 (42.2 Overs) with top scorer by Allan Border 105 not out off 122-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred - including 12-fours and Greg Chappell * 52 (99)

Australia best bowler by Kapil Dev 1/27 (8)

This match reported by Dicky Rutnagur (Third Party Reference from The Age)


Allan Border was in an expansive mood in his old stamping ground, the SCG, in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup competitiop.

On the crest of his dazzling -105 not out Australia rode to a crushing nine-wickett win over India, which had beaten Australia quite decisively at the previous meeting at the MCG.

India could muster no more than 180-9 from 49 overs and Australia overtook this modest score with six overs and four balls to spare. Australia had much power in reserve at the finish. Having raced to 108 from its first 25 overs, it no longer needed to take further risks and cantered down the home stretch in relaxed fashion.

Border had faced 118 balls at the end, but his 50, which came out of a total of 77 runs, was splendid from only 53 deliveries and included nine 4s, most of them struck through the covers, with a full swing of the bat and containing startling power.

The Queensland left-hander was so much in command that Greg Chappell, who scored 52 not out and shared a stand of 127. was able to play in leisurely fashion and take the opportunity to build a long innings of which he has been in so much need.

Moreover, Chappell conceded as much of the strike as possible to Border, who, became only the third Australian after Alan Turner, of NSW, and Chappell himself, to score 100 in an limited-over International. Inevitably, he was voted the Man of the Match. Border had lost his opening partner John Dyson, at 56. He departed unhappily after being given out caught behind off Kapil Dev, the only Indian bowler to operate with any degree of control.

It was ironic that India should have been limited to such a moderate score because, for the first time in the three one-day games, its innings had some sort of foundation.


And that was thanks to Sunil Gavaskar at last touching some sort of form. Gavaskar's broad shouldered partner Roger Binny also played with pluck and assurance and Dennis Lillee and Rodney Hogg ended their opening stints without inflicting any damage.

In fact, with Gavaskar on driving two boundaries off Hogg and Binny hooking for another four, India also picked up early momentum. But Pascoe's entry into the attack, in the ninth over, loosened India's grip significantly.

Gavaskar missed his aim with a firm push at Pascoe's very first delivery and was bowled for 22. Concentrating their line in the region of off stump Pascoe and Graf also put a considerable break on the scoring.

The vulnerability outside the off stump of both Vengsarkar and Binny was finally exposed. At 42, Vengsarkar, who never looked like making any headway, edged Pascoe to Rod Marsh and, at 64, Binny, who had faced 53 balls making 31, suffered the same fate against Graf who was as successful and economical as any Australian bowler.

Stability was restored by a partnership of 65 in 19 overs between Gundappa Viswanath and Yashpal Sharma, who batted sensibly and scored most of their runs by steering down to third man or cutting.

Although there were few flamboyant shots during their partnership, Viswanath and Sharma were certainly not bogged down and they laid a strong enough platform for Sandeep Patil to come in and launch his customary onslaught.

And in he came at 129-4, in the 37th over when Lillee, just starting his third spell, cut one back sharply to rattle Sharma's off stump. India, at this point, badly needed to accelerate and Patii, before he had settled, played an adventurous shot off Trevor Chappell and missed. In the very next over. Lillee successfully claimed for lbw against Kirti Azad and Australia had seized three wickets for four runs in the space of only 16 deliveries.

The possibility of any late surge in India's scoring rate was removed when Dyson rolled over at mid-wicket to hold a brilliant low catch from a firm clip off the legs by the hard hitting Kapil Dev, whose batting, so far, has made no impact on this series.

Viswanath, whose recent form compelled him to bat in a subdued manner, left with six overs remaining, moving across to glance Graf and getting bowled behind his legs.

There was, however, some backbone still left in the Indian batting and Kirmani, who had also halted a collapse against Australia at the MCG and Ghavri added 29 valuable runs before the overs ran out. They had scored these runs at just about the quickest rate of the innings.