India vs Australia Rothmans Four-Nations Cup Final 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs Australia Rothmans Four-Nations Cup Final 1985 - Rothmans Four-Nations one-day international  tournament of the Final played between Australia and India at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 29th March 1985.

Medium-pace bowlers Madan Lal, Mohinder Amarnath and Spinner Ravi Shastri's each two wickets before Middle-order batsmen helped to India tense three-wicket victory over Australia and clinch title in a thrilling final of a Rothmans Four-Nations Cup.

Australia scored 139 for all-out in 42.3 overs with top scorer by Kepler Wessels hit 30 off 68-balls including two boundaries.

Graeme Wood cracked a 27 off 37-balls including 4-fours and Allan Border scored 27 off 38-balls included 3-fours.

India best bowler by Ravi Shastri takes 2-wickets for 14-runs in 9.3-overs including a maiden with economy rate of 1.47.

Mohinder Amarnath, Ravi Shastri both takes 2-wickets and Kapil Dev took 1-wicket for 9-runs in 6-overs including three maidens with economy rate of 1.50.

India chased 140-7 in 39.2 overs with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar struck 35 off 43-balls including 6-fours.

Mohinder Amarnath scored a unbeaten 24 off 44-balls, Mohammad Azharuddin hit 22 off 44-balls included three-fours and Sunil Gavaskar 20.

Australia best bowler by Craig McDermott picked up 3-wickets for 36-runs in 10-overs, Greg Matthews took 2-wickets and one for Simon O'Donnell.

Mohinder Amarnath named Player of the match for his match-winning all-round performance to scored a unbeaten 24 off 44-balls including 3-fours after taking 2-wickets for 19-runs in 7-overs included a maiden with economy rate of 2.71.

* India maintained their domination of the one-day international game when they defeated Australia by three wickets in a thrilling $US45,000 final of the Rothmans Trophy at the Sharjah Stadium.

* The victory before a wildly partisan crowd of more than 17,000 gave India their fourth major one-day title in the past two years.

It follows their success at the World Cup in 1983, the Asia Cup here last year and the World Championship of Cricket in Melbourne earlier this month.

This match reported by Tony Lewis (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

INDIA won the first four-nations tournament for the Rothman's Cup in Sharjah, confirming their talent as one-day cricketers but looking rather confused and dishevelled after a tense final with Australia.

In reply to Australia's 139 all out in the 43rd over, they made 140 for seven in the 40th over to end all arguments. "India Undisputed Champs read the banners as thousands congregated in front of the pavilion at the end.

Australia, put in to bat, began well with an aggressive partnership of 60 between Wood and Wessels. As is his habit, Wood ran himself out. Border and Hughes were going well, but one moment it was 114 for three and thea suddenly 115 for five.

The collapse was never stemmed and the last three wickets fell at 139. Amarnath caught and bowled two and Shastri spun the ball cleverly, but a tally of three run-outs destroyed Australia.

When India batted, McDermott bowled faster than anyone during the week's cricket and that includes Imran. He is tall and strongly built and looks likely to make an impact on the Ashes series this summer.

Amarnath in charge

Matthews spun his off-spin sharply and Australia fielded with obvious determination.

India's forward movement came when Gavaskar and Vengsarkar put on 57 against the spinners. 

They had time to play sensibly, waiting for the bad balls to come along and gradually ruined the confidence of Bennett the left-arm spinner.

However, Gavaskar ran himself out. Vengsarkar played the ball on to his wicket and Kapil, trying to finish it all with an excess of ambition, was bowled attempting a six over long-on.

After the usual panic and excitement, in the end it was the experienced Amarnath, the man of the match, who steered India to victory.

The final was transmitted live on Dubai television- the late decision to do that clinched the success of the Sharjah event as much as anything else.



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