Australia vs West Indies 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 1st ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 06th January 1985.

A brilliant sixth unbeaten century by Desmond Haynes steers to West Indies convincing victory over Australia in the opening match of a Benson Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Desmond Haynes became the first batsman to hit six centuries against Australia in One-day international cricket history.
  • Desmond Haynes became the first West Indies batsman to scored six centuries against Australia in ODIs.
  • Desmond Haynes became the second West Indies batsman to scored 6 centuries in ODIs after Viv Richards (7))
  • 6 : Desmond Haynes hit the second most centuries hit for West Indies in One-day Internationals after Viv Richards' 7-centuries.
  • 6 : Desmond Haynes equalled a joint third most centuries hit in One-day internationals, jointly with David Gower.

Australia scored 240-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Allan Border struck 73 off 101-balls including 5-fours.

David Boon scored 55 off 62-balls including two boundaries, Kepler Wessels hit 33 off 57-balls included 2-fours, Andrew Hilditch  27 and Wayne Phillips 23.

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner picked up 3-wickets for 41-runs in 10-overs including two maidens, Malcolm Marshall and Eldine Baptiste both took one-wickets.

West Indies chased 241-3 in 44.5 overs with top scorer by Desmond Haynes hit a unbeaten 123 off 120-balls - which was his 6th ODI hundred & also his sixth century against Australia in ODIs.

Viv Richards struck 47 off 43-balls including 4-fours & a six and Richie Richardson hit 34 off 48-balls included 4-fours.

Australia best bowler by Murray Bennett, Geoff Lawson and Debutant Craig McDermott each took one-wickets.

Desmond Haynes named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a unbeaten 123-runs knocked off facing 130-balls including 15-fours.

This match reported by Alan Shiell (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

DESMOND HAYNES, with his sixth century in 73 limited overs internationals, hustled the West Indies to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the opening match of the World Series Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Batting with a freedom he had not shown in the recent Test series, Haynes hammered a chanceless 123 in the West Indies' 241 for three off 44.5 overs in reply to Australia's 240 for six off 50 overs.

The crowd of 58,929, easily the biggest of the season, was surprised by the ease with which the tourists careered to victory after Australia had bettered by 14 their previous highest score in a one-day game against the West Indies in Melbourne.

Haynes put on 69 with his opening partner. Gordon Greenidge, 71 with Richie Richardson and 94 with Viv Richards. He struck 15 boundaries off 150 balls in his unbeaten 196-minute innings, and needed only 108 balls to reach his hundred.

Erratic bowling

Australia's bowling generally was too erratic and ultimately powerless to stop the flow of runs from Haynes's flashing bat.

Earlier it had seemed as if the West Indies were feeling the effects of their busy schedule. Their bowling and fielding wilted in the face of a concerted late surge by Australia's batsmen, particularly Allan Border and David Boon, who shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 115 off 128 balls in 80 minutes.

Australia will play Sri Lanka in a day-night match in Sydney tomorrow, and the West Indies and Sri Lanka will meet in Hobert on Thursday in Tasmania's first one-day international.

After the 15 preliminary matches, the best-of-three finals series will be player on Feb. 6, 10 and 12 immediately before the seven-nation World Championship of Cricket Tournament in Melbourne and Sydney, from Feb. 17 to March 10.



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