West Indies vs Zimbabwe 24th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of West Indies vs Zimbabwe 24th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 - Prudential World Cup 1983 tournament of the 24th ODI match played between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham in 20th June 1983.

Pace bowling attack from Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Wayne Daniel and All-rounder Viv Richards' three-for before An unbeaten eighties from openers Desmond Haynes and Faoud Bacchus steers to West Indies comfortable ten-wicket victory over outsiders Zimbabwe and move to top of the points table in a one-sided game of the 24th match of a Prudential World Cup.

ZIMBABWE scored 171 for all-out (60 Overs) with top scorer by Kevin Curran 62 (92) and Duncan Fletcher 23 (51)

West Indies best bowler by Wayne Daniel 3/28 (9) and Viv Richards 3/41 (12)

WEST INDIES chased 172/0 (45.1 Overs) with top scorer by Desmond Haynes 88 not out (136) and Faoud Bacchus 80 not out (135)

This match reported by David Green (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

WEST INDIES limbered up for their Prudential World Cup semi-final against Pakistan with an overwhelming victory at Edgbaston. They bowled Zimbabwe out for 171 and Haynes and Man-of-the-Match Faoud Bacchus knocked off the runs without loss.

At one time, the West Indies looked set for an easier win because Marshall. Garner and Daniel reduced Zimbabwe to 42 for live. Spirited batting from Curran, supported by Fletcher and Rawson, ensured a respectable total.

Zimbabwe's recovery was assisted by Clive Lloyd's decision to bowl Gomes and Richards for a full 12 overs each. Though both performed tidily and Richards picked up three wickets, Curran was thoroughly set by the time the seamers returned.

This he demonstrated by advancing to Garner, whose first six overs had brought him two wickets for three runs, and hitting him flat over mid-off for six, through Daniel's upstretched hands. 

Batsmen overawed

Zimbabwe's experience at this level is obviously limited and their early batsmen seemed overawed by the accuracy and hostility of Garner and Marshall in particular. But they are a competitive bunch and their lower order showed great determination.

Haynes and Bacchus looked in control from the start against a medium paced attack which lacked hostility on a typically unresponsive Edgbaston pitch. They cruised to 50 after 14 overs and the hundred came up after 32.

Only Traicos, who conceded a mere 24 runs in 12 overs of tightly-controlled off-spin, held the batsmen in check and, in six overs after tea, Zimbabwe conceded only half a dozen runs.

Thereafter, with Haynes driviing sweetly past mid-on and cover, and Bacchus fastening greedily onto anything short, the pace quickened and when Haynes ondrove Fletcher for four to win the match, West Indies had 14.5 overs in hand. 



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