India vs New Zealand 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 Article

Read the article of India vs New Zealand 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 5th ODI match played between New Zealand and India at WACA Ground, Perth in 09th December 1980.

Sandeep Patil, Kirti Azad, Dilip Joshi and Roger Binny guided India registered their historic first ODI win against New Zealand by thrilling 5-runs, despite a Richard Hadlee's maiden five-wicket haul in a nail-biter game of the fifth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats :
  • India's 5-run win was their second largest victory by terms of runs in One-day internationals after their 4-run win against Pakistan at Quetta in 1978.
  • Richard Hadle became the fourth New Zealand bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul in One-day internationals after Richard Collinge, Lance Cairns and Ewen Chatfield.
  • Richard Hadlee became the first New Zealand bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul against India in One-day international cricket history.
  • Roger Binny's 4 for 41 was the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in One-day internationals, surpassing the previous record of 3 for 15 held by Madan Lal against East Africa at Leeds in the inaugural 1975 World Cup.

INDIA scored 162 for all-out (47.4 Overs) with top scorer by Sandeep Patil 39 (73) and Kirti Azad 29 (29)

New Zealand best bowler by Richard Hadlee 5/32 (9) and Lance Cairns 2/18 (10)

NEW ZEALAND scored 157 for all-out (49.5 Overs) with top scorer by Paul McEwan 41 (76) and Lance Cairns 26 (36)

India best bowler by Roger Binny 4/41 (9.5) and Dilip Doshi 2/22 (10)

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

From sub-standard wicket to sub-standard cricket. That was the story of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup limited-over international between India and New Zealand at the WACA Ground.

After two ordinary Cup matches on the dreadful Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket, a crowd of 5,680 had every right to expect a high standard on a superb pitch in Perth.

The WACA wicket was ideal, with just enough bounce to encourage the bowlers and to allow for enterprising stroke-play. But the batsmen on both sides failed miserably — India with just 162 in 47.4 of their allotted 50 overs and New Zealand, the conquerors of India by eight wickets at Headingley in the 1979 World Cup, crashing for 157 to lose by five runs on the second last ball of the match.

The New Zealanders were faced with the challenge of a modest over rate of 3.26 runs after Richard Hadlee had shot the Indians out in four remarkable spells of bowling that netted him 5-32 off nine overs.

Hadlee claimed a wicket with the first ball of each of four spells, including that of Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian captain, off the first ball of the match after Gavaskar had won the loss and chosen to bat. But his effort, helped by some poor shots by the Indians, were wasted by his teammates who, at one stage, took seven overs to score seven runs.

Hadlee, the right-arm fast bowler and left-hand batsman, assuming the proportions of a one-man team, stemmed the rot in a 50-run partnership with Lance Cairns and, even in defeat, was a thoroughly deserving man-of-the-match.

The real disaster for India was Gavaskar. The Indian captain arrived in Australia with the reputation as one of the most impressive opening batsman in the world — one he did nothing to tarnish in opening his tour account with 157 against Western Australia. But five innings since then have led to consternation in the camp. Scores of 6, 0, 0, 4, 0 are hardly in keeping with a batsman of his undoubted talents — and the greatest worry must be the damage to his own confidence.

The Indian batting line-up is also regarded as one of the finest around. Yet there was a stage in the middle of their innings when they lost four wickets for three runs in just 12 deliveries. But winning is the name of the one-day game and India managed it in a nail-biting last over to have two wins from two matches to put them equal first with Australia, who have won two from four.



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