England vs India 1st Semi-final Prudential World Cup 1983 Highlights

Watch the highlights of England vs India 1st Semi-final Prudential World Cup 1983 - Prudential World Cup 1979 tournament of the 1st Semi-final played between India and England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 22nd June 1983.

England vs India 1st Semi-final Prudential World Cup 1983 Article
Sandeep Patil blasted a 32-ball 50 © Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

Kapil Dev, Roger Binny's combined 5-wickets, Mohinder Amarnath's all-round display, Yashpal Sharma's well-made half-century and Sandeep Patil's blazing fifty helped to India tense six-wicket victory over England and book a place in the final for the first time in a high-voltage game of first Semi-final of a Prudential World Cup.

* Sandeep Patil hammered a 32-ball fastest fifty by an Indian batsman in World Cup history and the second fastest half-century in World Cups after Chris Old's 30-balls fifty against India at Lord's in the inaugural 1975 World Cup.

England scored 213 for all-out in 60 overs with top scorer by Graeme Fowler cracked a 33 off 59-balls including 3-fours.

Chris Tavaré cracked a 32 off 51-balls including 4-fours, Allan Lamb scored 29 off 58-balls included a boundary, Graham Dilley 20 not out, Mike Gatting 18 and David Gower 17.

India best bowler by Kapil Dev picked up 3-wickets for 35-runs in 11-overs including a maiden, Mohinder Amarnath, Roger Binny both took 2-wickets and one for Kirti Azad.

India chased 217-4 in 54.4 overs with top scorer by Yashpal Sharma struck 61 off 115-balls including 3-fours & 2-sixes.

Sandeep Patil blasted a unbeaten 51 off 32-balls including 8-fours with strike rate of 159.37, Mohinder Amarnath scored 46 off 92-balls included 4-fours & a six.

Sunil Gavaskar scored 25 off 41-balls including 3-fours and Kris Srikkanth hit 19 off 44-balls included 3-fours.

England best bowler by Ian Botham, Paul Allott and Bob Willis each took one-wickets.

This match reported by Michael Carey (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

INDIA earned a place in the Prudential Cup final for the first time by capitalising on England's deficiencies and out-playing them to win by six wickets in a taut, tense semi-final at Old Trafford.

The entire Indian team crowded on to the pavilion balcony to witness one of the greatest moments in their nation's cricket history as Patil (51 not out) and the captain, Kapil Dev, completed victory with 5.2 overs to spare.

Unfortunately, for the second time this week, an over enthusiastic crowd threatened to ruin the occasion, invading the playing area thinking the game was over and necessitating police protection for the umpires.

Fears about England's middle batting were sadly realised, with no one playing the lengthy innings required in conditions which demaded application and India's Amarnath, successful with both bat and ball, was a worthy winner of the Man of the Match award.

After Willis had won the toss, Tavaré and Fowler made a quiet start in deference to the swinging ball on a sunny. hazy morning but had reached four an over when both fell in quick succession to Binny.

Gower fails

For once Gower failed, cutting at a wide ball from Amarnath without too much movement of the feet and the lesser mortals had to reshape the innings on a pitch which unsurprisingly was similar to the last one seen here with its low and variable bounce.

On it, both the medium-paced Amarnath and Azad, turning his off-breaks enough to inhibit strokes, found they could impose restraint and India, far from having problems with their fifth bowler as feared, found they had extra attacking options.

So, a certain amount of anxiety quickly became detectable in England's middle order, starting when Lamb, called for a quick single by his partner for a glance to short fine leg, was run out when Sharma scored a direct hit at the non-striker's end.

Gatting had started well, seizing on anything short, but after a couple of awkward moments against Amarnath he played back rather than forward to a ball that was perhaps a shade quicker which bowled him.

Botham, meanwhile, had hardly looked brimming with confidence. If this was not the occasion for his infamous reverse sweep, which he opted to play once against Azad, neither was it the pitch for making room, which he also did against the same bowler and was bowled by a ball which kept low.

When India batted, the loss of their openers in quick succession meant that Amarnath and Sharma had the problem of both starting at the same time at a point when England's bowling was at its best, only 12 runs coming from 10 ovens at one stage.

Importantly, however, this pair ensured no mishaps of the type that had afflicted England and gradually raised the tempo, Amarnath driving Marks for a straight six and Sharma lifting Allott for another over long-off.

A few other lofted strokes eluded the field and there was much relief in the England ranks when Allott's long throw ran nut Amarnath on a needless second run in an over from Botham which had already produced seven runs.

By now Botham was operating less accurately than earlier, an experience quickly shared by both Dilley and Willis who. returning to try to restore some order, was struck for three fours in one over by Patil. 

Increasing problems

Another 63 came in the next nine overs with England in increasing disarray and Allott's stunning catch in the deep to dismiss Sharma came too late to change the course of events.

With one run needed, the crowd charged on to the playing area and umpire Don Oslear was involved in an angry exchange with a spectator who tried to snatch a stump. Police and ground staff went to the umpire's aid.

But the scuffles that then ensued on a ground that was well policed, merely made one wonder how long it will be before spectators have to be fenced in soccer-style for the safety of all concerned.



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