Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1981/82 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1981/82 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the third final played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 26th January 1982.

A solid 45 by Graeme Wood and spurred by a fine unbeaten 69 from Allan Border before Bowlers attack helped to Australia stunning 46-run victory over World Champions West Indies, despite a fighting knock from captain Clive Lloyd's unbeaten 63 and keep alive the tournament in the third final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup's best of 5-finals.

AUSTRALIA scored 214/8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Allan Border * 69 (67) and Graeme Wood 45 (77)

West Indies best bowler by Sylvester Clarke 3/30 (10) and Michael Holding 2/32 (10)

WEST INDIES scored 168 for all-out in 42.5 overs with top scorer by Clive Lloyd * 63 (87) and Desmond Haynes 26 (45)

Australia best bowler by Dennis Lillee 2/18 (10) and Len Pascoe 2/21 (6.5)

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

Australia kept their record under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground intact and their Benson and Hedges World Series Cup hopes alive with a stunning upset over the West Indies.

Trounced by 86 and 128 runs in the first two finals matches in Melbourne last weekend, the Australians went to the SCG shrouded in controversy and clinging to slender hopes.

Greg Chappell's Australian captaincy for the New Zealand tour was rumoured to be up in the air and the Australian fast bowlers were smarting from the "aged" sting from recent comments by the vice-captain, Kim Hughes.

Chappell failed with his seventh scoreless innings of the summer, but the bowlers, spurred by a fine unbeaten 69 from Allan Border and a solid 45 by Graeme Wood, shed their Dad's Army image. 

The West Indians, needing to score 215 runs after Australia's 214-8 off 50 overs, failed by 46 runs, Struggling against the fire of a steamed up Dennis Lillee, who took 2-18 off his 10 overs, the West Indians crashed for 168 runs — their lone star being the captain, Clive Lloyd, who finished with an unbeaten 63.

A crowd of 29,484 saw the Australians at their best in a light that will bring them back to the SCG for the fourth finals match tomorrow.

Surprising as it was that the Australians managed to top 200 after such an inauspicious start, there was little to match the shock of another Chappell duck. 

On a wicket that held no fears, there was no excuse. Chappell was slow to react to a ball from Joel Garner that cut in and passed through the gate. But on a wicket that held no fears, there was no excuse, Chappell was slow to react to a ball from Joel Garner that cut in and passed through the gate.

It was his fourth duck of the one-day series, in which he has batted 13 times for 238 runs with a top score of 61.

Hughes, celebrating his 28th birthday, helped the Australian recovery in a 66-minute partnership of 74 with Graeme Wood.

Coincidentally, he was bowled by Michael Holding in the 28th over for a score of 28. It was not a gracious stroke, And when Wood went, caught and bowled by Larry Gomes in the next over, followed seven balls later by David Hookes (1), Australia's chances looked slim.

Only the gallant Border was able to take on the West Indian speedsters and win. He had some fine support from the wicket-keeper, Rod Marsh, whose brilliance behind the stumps was shown up later with a superb diving catch to dismiss Gomes (0).

Border and Marsh added 42 runs for the sixth wicket — Marsh hammering a pugnacious 20 before falling to Sylvester Clarke, the most successful of the West Indian speedsters with 3-30.

From 145-6 in the 38th over the Australians slumped to 167-8 by the 44th over. But with Len Pascoe providing great support with 15 runs, Border was able to lash out in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 47 runs in the last six overs.

If Hughes, the vice-captain, upset the Australian bowlers with his remarks about their age, it had the desired effect of putting some real ginger into the attack.

Dennis Lillee set things up by removing Gordon Greenidge (5) and Viv Richards (4) lbw, although Richards did look a trifle unfortunate to be given out to a ball that was heading toward the leg side.

The West Indians never recovered from the loss of their two star batsmen, and their cause was not helped by the brilliant dismissals of Faoud Bacchus (19) and Jeff Dujon (10).

Bacchus was run out by a side-on throw by Wood from cover point and Dujon could only marvel at the sensational mid-wicket catch by John Dyson.

Dyson, the 12th man. was on the field briefly as a substitute for Pascoe. But, just as he had done in a previous match under lights, the former Soccer goal-keeper soared through the air to pluck a great one-handed catch.



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