India vs Zimbabwe 20th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of India vs Zimbabwe 20th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 - Prudential World Cup 1983 tournament of the 19th ODI match played between Zimbabwe and India at Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells in 18th June 1983.

India vs Zimbabwe 20th Match Prudential World Cup 1983
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An electrifying record-breaking unbeaten 175 by 24-year-old Kapil Dev super star as India resounding 31-run victory over Zimbabwe and keep alive their place in the world cup semi-final in a historic 20th match of Prudential World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • India's 31-run win was their ninth smallest victory by terms of runs in One-day internationals.
  • Kapil Dev became the first Indian batsman to score a century in One-day international cricket history.
  • Kapil Dev became the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in World Cup history.
  • Kapil Dev plundered 175* - the highest score by an Indian batsman in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record of 95 held by Kris Srikkanth against Sri Lanka at Delhi in the last year.
  • Kapil Dev struck 175 was the highest individual score in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record of unbeaten 171 held by Glenn Turner against East Africa in the inaugural 1975 World Cup.
  • India lost their top five batsmen wickets for just 17-runs - which was the second worst first five-wicket collapse in One-day international after Pakistan's 5 for 21 against England at Manchester in 1978 and it is the India's worst first 5-wicket collapse in ODIs, Their previous worst such collapse was five for 36-runs against Pakistan at Sialkot in 1978.
  • 62 : Kapil Dev and Madan Lal set up the second highest eighth-wicket partnership for India in ODIs.
  • 126* : Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani set up the record tenth-wicket partnership in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record held by the 63-run stand between New Zealand's Richard Hadlee and Gary Troup against England at Brisbane earlier this year.
  • India's 266 was their fourth highest score in One-day international, It is their highest score against Zimbabwe in ODIs, previously they have scored 157 in a run-chasing at Leicester in this tournament and also it is their highest total in a World Cups, previous highest was 262 against West Indies at Manchester in this tournament.

India 78 for 7 to scored 266-8 in 60 overs with top scorer by Kapil Dev hammered a career-best unbeaten 175 off 138-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred.

Syed Kirmani scored a unbeaten 24 off 56-balls including 2-fours and Roger Binny hit 22 off 48-balls included two boundaries.

Zimbabwe best bowler by Peter Rawson, Kevin Curran both picked up 3-wickets and one for John Traicos - Duncan Fletcher.

Zimbabwe scored 235 for all-out in 57 overs with top scorer by Kevin Curran cracked a 73 off 93-balls including 8-fours.

Robin Brown scored 35 off 66-balls including 2-fours, Grant Paterson hit 23 off 35-balls included 4-fours, Iain Butchart 18 and Dave Houghton 17.

India best bowler by Madan Lal picked up 3-wickets for 42-runs in 11-overs including two maidens, Roger Binny takes 2-wickets, Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath and Balwinder Sandhu each took one-wickets.

Kapil Dev named Player of the match for his record-breaking batting performance to smashed a career-best unbeaten 175-runs knocked off facing 138-balls including 16-fours and 6-sixes with strike rate of 126.81.

This match reported by D.J. Rutnagur (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph)

An electrifying 175 not out by Kapil Dev, the highest individual score in World Cup history, kept India in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals, but without his heroism today they would have been trounced in the humiliating fashion by Zimbabwe.

Instead India, who lost their fourth wicket at nine, their fifth at 17, and were still gasping for survival at 78-7, won by 31 runs, after surviving a stirring counter-offensive from Kevan Curran, who made 73.

Kapil Dev's rousing innings, which contained 16 fours, and six sixes surpassed by four runs the previous record, made by Glenn Turner against East Africa on an Edgbaston pitch that was far more benevolent than today at the Nevill ground. 

Two more records fell in the wake of Kapil's spectacular progress. India's total of 266 was their best ever in the competition. 

Kapil Dev's unfinished partnership of 126 with wicket-keeper Kirmani - next highest contributor with 26—was the most plentiful for any country's ninth wicket.

The ball moved readily off the seam. Many times it lifted as well. however, it was an awkward. low ball from Rawson that made Gavaskar's return to the side a sorry occasion. Judging by his bad looks towards the umpire Amarnath, normally a mild tempered man. was unhappy to be ruled caught behind. 

Srikkanth thrashed at a distance ball in the manner of a particularly incompetent number 11, and India were six for three. Before the total had acquired a second digit Patit, with a faint touch. glanced a catch to Houghton. 

The wicket keeper, claimed his third catch at 17, when a ball from Rawson climbed to Yashpal's glove.

Kapil Dev found Binny to stay with him for 14 overs, from which 60 runs materialised. His next reliable ally was Madan Lal and, when he departed at 140, eighth out. Kapil Dev fearing the worst pulled out all the stops. In the space of the next three overs he hit three fours and as many sixes, all on the on side. 

The sufferers were the two bowlers who had caused India such misery earlier on. Kapil's innings must have taxed his strength as well as his nervous energy because he was a lesser bowler than usual when Zimbabwe batted and made a sound start.

In fact, India's bowling overall was of variable quality. But still. Zimbabwe could not take heart from having begun so well. From 44-1 they declined to 113-6, before Curran mounted a brave and violent assault.

India could not breathe freely until, midway through the 56th over. Curran spooned up a simple catch that Shastri juggled with before completing. With the help of Butchart, Peckover and Rawson, Curran had plundered 118 runs from 21 overs.



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