India vs West Indies 3rd Match Rothmans Sharjah Cup 1985 Article

Read the article of India vs West Indies 3rd Match Rothmans Sharjah Cup 1985 - Rothmans Sharjah Cup triangular one-day international tournament of the 3rd ODI match played between West Indies and India at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 22nd November 1985.

Fast bowler Joel Garner's economical bowling spell before Openers Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson's each 72 steers to West Indies emphatic eight-wicket victory over World Champions India and  West Indies took an unassailable 8 points to clinch the title in the third and final match of a Rothmans Sharjah Cup.

India scored 180-4 in the alloted 45 overs with top scorer by Sunil Gavaskar cracked a unbeaten 76 off 128-balls including 4-fours & 3-sixes.

Mohammad Azharuddin scored 35 consuming off 72-balls including two boundaries and Kapil Dev hit a unbeaten 28 off 25-balls included 2-fours.

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner 2-11 and Michael Holding took one-wicket for 28-runs in 9-overs included three maidens.

West Indies chased 186-2 in 41.3 overs with top scorer by Richie Richardson cracked a 72 off 103-balls including 7-fours.

Desmond Haynes hit a unbeaten 72 off 105-balls including 6-fours and Viv Richards hammered a unbeaten 24 off 13-balls included 2-sixes & 2-fours with strike rate of 184.61.

India best bowler by Kapil Dev and Rajinder Singh Ghai both took one-wickets.

Joel Garner named Player of the match for his economical bowling spells to took 2-wickets for 11-runs in 9-overs including four maidens with economy rate of 1.22.

Richie Richardson earned player of the series for contributing 171 runs in this tournament.

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

WEST INDIES won the Rothmans Cup at the three- nations tournament in Sharjah with a show of strength which left India looking more like novices than World Cup holders and strolled off with the $50,000 first prize.

Pakistan were a worthy second, the reward for their one win, and India, who lost both matches, were third.

In Today's final match India won the toss, batted first and scored 180 for four in their 45 overs. 

The West Indies had 22 balls to spare when they moved past them to 186 for two.

The crucial performance of the day was by Garner, who not only took the early wickets of Srikkanth and Amarnath but bowled his nine overs for 11 runs.

Gavaskar survived the onslaught but was to score only three runs in the first 15 overs of the innings. Vengsarkar was stuck too as Garner got the batsmen to play without conviction around the off-stump to balls which climbed steeply to Dujon, the wicket keeper.

Thus a partnership of 100 between Gavaskar and Azharuddin came too late for India's

Richardson and Haynes were models of perpetual motion. The Scoreboard was never still though they took no chances. Richardson led the way and by his second outstanding innings of the week was voted the Player of the series as well as the Man of the Tournament, bringing him $3,000 and a new car.



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