Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1981/82 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1981/82 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the second final played between West Indies and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 24th January 1982.

Top-order batsmen Gordon Greenidge's brilliant 47, Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards' fifties before Bowlers attack and later Larry Gomes handed Australia their final humiliation, picking up four wickets with his gentle pace helped to West Indies resounding 128-run victory over Australia and take a 2-0 lead in the best of 5-finals a one-sided game of the second final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

WEST INDIES scored 235/9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards 60 (83) and Desmond Haynes
52 (85)

Australia best bowler by Len Pascoe 4/39 (10) and Jeff Thomson 1/31 (10)

AUSTRALIA scored 107 for all-out in 32.2 overs with top scorer by John Dyson 18 (35) and Jeff Thomson
15 (15)

West Indies best bowler by Larry Gomes
4/31 (6) and Joel Garner 2/10 (5)

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

Age is beginning to tell on our bowlers,- Kim Hughes, the vice-captain, said after Australia had collapsed in a Victorian heatwave in the second match of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup finals with the West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Australians, beaten by 86 runs in the first final. were no match for the world champions in temperatures as high as 47 degrees Celsius.

John Dyson top-scored with 18 as Australia, chasing a West Indies total of 235-9. were dismissed for 107 to lose by 128 runs.

The third match will be played under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground and, after their first two efforts, not even Australia's unbeaten record in night matches against the West Indies at the SCG seems likely to save them from defeat. 

A win Tuesday would wrap up the series for the West Indies and give them $32,000 of the $50,000 finals prize money. Ironically, lmran Khan, the Pakistan all-rounder whose team was edged out of the rich finals series by Australia, was named today as the outstanding player of the 15-match preliminary series.
And how the Australians must have wished for a pace bowler of his calibre today as they laboured in the heat against the might of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards and Faoud Bacchus. 

The four carried the West Indians past 200 runs in the 43rd over, leaving the Australians to chase a big target against a formidable fast bowling battery on a controversial wicket.

The task was beyond them. But it was Larry Gomes, the off-spinning batsman, who emerged as the most successful bowler by claiming four of the last five wickets to fall to finish with 4-31 off six ovcrs.

But the damage had already been done by Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Sylvester Clarke, who dashed Australia's slim hopes by removing the top five batsmen in 14 overs with just 43 runs on the board.

Gordon Greenidge (47), Desmond Haynes (52), Viv Richards (60) and Faoud Bacchus (3 ) extracted a costly toll from the Australian bowlers showing themselves to be far better at batting improvisation on a dubious wicket than the Australians.

As Hughes said: "We are exposed when we play the West Indies here. We don't come here in the right frame of mind to play well.

"They are the best one-day team in the world," Hughes said. "But we have not played well. We should have got closer."

But although the Australians head for Sydney facing a difficult job, they are confident that they will be a better match for the calypso kings on an even SCG pitch.

David Hookes, the South Australian left-hand batsman who last played Test cricket in 1977, has been recalled to the team of 12 for Sydney, Rick Darling and Geoff Lawson, at 24 the youngest of the fast bowlers but given little chance this summer, have been dropped.



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