West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 Highlights

Watch the highlights of West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 1st ODI match played between Pakistan and West Indies at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 21st November 1981.

Gordon Greenidge's record-equal century and Desmond Haynes' superb 84 before Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall's combined 5-wickets helped to West Indies hard-fought 18-run victory over Pakistan, despite a fifties from Mudassar Nazar, Javed Miandad and Majid Khan in the opening match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup

Match Stats :
  • West Indies' 18-run win was their fifth smallest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their second narrowest win against Pakistan in ODIs after their 7-run win at Lahore in the last year.
  • Gordon Greenidge became the second West Indies batsman to score a three centuries in One-day internationals after Viv Richards.
  • Gordon Greenidge became the first West Indies batsman to score a hundred against Pakistan in One-day international cricket history.
  • West Indies' 245 was their eighth highest score in One-day international and It was their third highest total against Pakistan in ODIs.
  • Pakistan's 227 was their sixth highest score in One-day international and It is their third highest total against West Indies in ODIs.
  • 182 : Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes set up the record first-wicket partnership for West Indies in One-day international, previously held by the 138-run stand between these pair against India at Birmingham in the 1979 World Cup, It is the joint highest opening stand in ODIs, jointly 182-run stand held by between Rick McCosker and Alan Turner against Sri Lanka at The Oval in the inaugural 1975 World Cup, It is the West Indies' second highest any-wicket stand in ODIs.

WEST INDIES scored 245/8 (50 Overs) with top scorer by Gordon Greenidge 103 off 161-balls - which was his 3rd ODI hundred & his first century against Pakistan in ODIs and Desmond Haynes 84 (94)

Pakistan best bowler by Sarfraz Nawaz 4/37 (9) and Imran Khan 3/23 (10)

PAKISTAN scored 227/6 (50 Overs) with top scorer by Javed Miandad 74 (81) and Majid Khan 56 (69)

West Indies best bowler by Andy Roberts 3/42 (10) and Malcolm Marshall 2/27 (10)

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

Pakistan learned lesson No 1 when they met the West Indies in the first World Series Cup match at the MCG — don't drop catches

Opener Desmond Haynes had not scored when he was spilled by Iqbal Qasim at second the time the West Indians lost their first wicket, they had 182 runs on the board. And both Haynes (84) and Gordon Greenidge, . who hammered a blistering 103, were dropped off caught and bowled chances before Mudassar Nazar shattered Haynes's stumps.

No team can afford to miss opportunities against so formidable a side, as the Calypso cricketers, and the Pakistanis paid for their mistakes, despite triggering a collapse that saw the West Indies lose 62-7.

But the Pakistan team, like the West Indians, experienced in the ways of one day cricket in England. put up a tremendous fight before failing by 18 runs. A solid 51 by Mudassar, a brilliant 74 by skipper Jived Miandad, and 56 by Majid Khan enabled Pakistan to reach 227-6 in reply to the West Indies' 50-over total of 245-8.

"We can only improve with more matches," Clive Lloyd, the West Indies' captain said. Unfortunately for the Australians who meet West Indies in Sydney on Tuesday after playing Pakistan at the MCG tomorrow, Lloyd is probably right.

His team went into today's match with only one first-class knock behind it, and better fielding as well as some fine bowling by flu-ridden Malcolm Marshall, who took 2-27 off 10 overs, was the major difference between the sides.

The wicket, the same as will be in use tomorrow, played without spite, and there was little of the fearsome for the Pakistanis in the vaunted West Indies pace battery: 

It was, in fact, a day for batsmen rather than for bowlers — a rather pleasant change for an era in which the reverse is usually the case.

Greenidge and Haynes, after scoring just 23 runs off the first ten overs following Miandad's decision to send West Indies in, emphasised the danger of a West Indies' batting line-up that begins with two of the world's most accomplished openers.

But while they posted 50 runs in 56 minutes off 14.3 overs, 100 in 86 minutes off 24 overs, and 150 in 108 minutes off 32 overs. the Pakistanis matched them and even looked capable of succeeding in an upset — especially during the 88-run stand between Miandad and Majid.

Greenidge's century. which included five fours and a six, was his first in three official visits to Australia in either one day, Test or State matches, and may have heralded the start of a successful tour for the big hitting right-hander.

The West Indies were 132 without loss when Haynes, on 58, drove a ball back to Majid. But the bowler was unable to bold the chance. But with the overs dwindling, it was inevitable that the openers would become more careless in their carefree quest for runs, and Haynes was the first to go, his stumps broken as he danced down the wicket and missed with a wild swing.

That made it 203-2 after 41 overs, and with Imran and Sarfraz back in attack, the slide was on. Imran finished with a highly creditable 3-23 off ten overs and Sarfraz with 4-37 off nine.

Lloyd, the loose limbed left-hander, almost introduced a note of tragedy when he thumped a straight drive that narrowly missed Marshall and umpire Robin Bailhache, and left Rizwan with hands stinging after fielding the ball on the fence at long-off.

Gordon Greenidge named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a 103-runs knocked off facing 161-balls including 5-fours and a six.



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