Australia vs West Indies 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 8th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth in 20th December 1981.

Pace bowling attack from Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding's combined 5-wickets before An unbeatean half-centuries from Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards steers to West Indies easy eight-wicket victory over Australia in a low-scoring game of the eighth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

AUSTRALIA scored 188/9 (50 Overs) with top scorer by Graeme Wood 54 (83) and Dennis Lillee 42 not out (61)

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall 3/31 (10) and Michael Holding 2/37 (10)

WEST INDIES chased 190/2 (30 Overs) with top scorer by Clive Lloyd 80 not out (82) and Viv Richards 72 not out (62)

Australia best bowler by Terry Alderman 1/41 (8) and Dennis Lillee 1/36 (6)

This match reported by SMH Staff (Third Party Reference from SMH)

The West Indian master batsmen Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards reduced the Australian attack to mediocrity in a spectacular display of powerhouse hitting in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup match at the WACA Ground, Perth.

The hapless Australians were completely outplayed and the West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket win with 20 overs to spare. Richards and Lloyd came together with the side in a slightly shaky position at 37-2 and proceeded to pulverise the bowling in an unbroken partnership of 153 in only 92 minutes.

Richards hammered three sixes and eight fours in his dazzling unbeaten innings of 72 that took 107 minutes and came from only 62 balls.

Lloyd, the hulking left-hander certainly didn't take a back seat to his vice-captain. He flayed the bowling and scored an unbeaten 80. including 11 boundaries, off 82 deliveries.

The 37-year-old West Indies' captain won the man-of-the-match award in a photo-finish from Richards, the man regarded as the world's finest batsman.

The runaway win, after Saturday's easy victory over Pakistan, took the West Indies into equal top place in the Cup standings. The West Indies have three wins from five matches and share the lead with Pakistan (three wins from six matches), with Australia in last place with two wins from five games.

It was a demoralising and humiliating defeat for Australia only six days before the first Test against the West Indies starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday. However, the match provided a great spectacle for a record crowd estimated at more than 26,000.

The ground reached its capacity early in the day and the gates were locked 70 minutes after the start of play. Australia were on their knees at 80-6 before some defiant batting from Graeme Wood and Dennis Lillee enabled them to reach 188-9.

Wood and Lillee put on 70 for the seventh wicket in 55 minutes before Wood was brilliantly run out by Richards for 54, Lillee went on to score an unbeaten 42.

The West Indies began their innings poorly, losing the wickets of Desmond Haynes for 9 and Faoud Bacchus for 21 before Lloyd and Richards took control. Apart from a couple of shaky moments against Lillee, Richards and Lloyd treated the much-vaunted Australian pace attack with disdain and rarely did the ball beat the bat.

Lillee, who had an over-ambitious Haynes caught at first slip, was punished in a way rarely seen on this ground and he finished with 1-36 off six overs.



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