Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd Semi-final Prudential World Cup 1983 Article

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Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd Semi-final Prudential World Cup 1983 Article
Malcolm Marshall takes the wicket of Imran Khan © Getty Images

Pace bowling attack from Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts' combined 5-wickets before Viv Richards' masterclass 80* and Larry Gomes' unbeaten fifty steers to West Indies easy eight-wicket victory over Pakistan and storm into the final for the third time in a row in a one-sided game of the second semi-final of a Prudential World Cup.

PAKISTAN scored 184/8 (60 Overs) with top scorer by Mohsin Khan 70 (176) and Zaheer Abbas 30 (38)

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall 3/28 (12) and Andy Roberts 2/25 (12)

WEST INDIES chased 188/2 (48.4 Overs) with top scorer by Viv Richards 80 not out (96) and Larry Gomes 50 not out (100)

Pakistan best bowler by Rashid Khan 1/32 (12) and Abdul Qadir 1/42 (11)

This match reported by Doug Ibbotson (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

WEST INDIES, by their usual exuberant standards, advanced in almost leisurely style towards Saturday's World Cup final when they beat Pakistan by eight wickets 

with 12 overs to spare at the Oval. Having restricted Pakistan to 184 on a hard fast wicket the West Indies, after modest beginnings, were in no mood for histrionics until Viv Richards and Larry Gomes had put the issue beyond doubt with a 132-run partnership for the third wicket. Richards was at the crease for 30 overs in reaching his half-century and Gomes for 29 in completing his. Yet both made frantic progress in comparison with Mohsin Khan, whose courageous 70 for Pakistan spanned almost four hours.

Fittingly it was Richards. Man of the Match, who struck the winning run for an aggregate, and an average, of 294 from his last three innings in the tournament.

That the Pakistan innings contained only two boundaries was not so much a testimony to the West Indian fielding, which was seldom distinguished and sometimes appalling, as to the immaculate hostility of their four-pronged pace attack. 

Sensitive period

Furthermore, the remaining 12 overs were cunningly absorbed by Gomes and Richards during a sensitive period spanning the lunch interval. in which the potentially dangerous Zaheer was dismissed for 30.

This, the absence of Miandad with influenza and the comparative brevity of lmran's innings, left Pakistan almost entirely in the resolute hands of Mohsin.

Zaheer, though never certain against the lifting off-side ball, assumed the major role in a third-wicket stand of 54, but then to his eternal embarrassment walked down the wicket to Gomes. checked and played on. Dujon would surely have stumped him anyway.

The fall of Zaheer in mid-over precipitated lunch, after which Mohsin and Imran accumulated 29 runs off the remaining seven gentle overs, before Roberts and Holding returned to fan their brows with pace. 

Marshall. however, swirling in from the Vauxhall End, made the crucial breakthrough by dismissing Imran, Wasim Raja and Mahboob in 14 deliveries at a cost of three runs. The glazed smile of Sarfraz as a Marshall missile whistled over his helmet off a goodish length spoke volumes of the sustained West Indies hostility.L But it was the slow handclap rather than the fast ball that somewhat unkindly ended Mohsin's vigil.

With only three overs left he advanced to meet Roberts, lifted his head in the drive and was comprehensively bowled.



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