Australia vs West Indies 5th Match Benson & Hedges Challenge 1986-87 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 5th Match Benson & Hedges Challenge 1986-87 - Benson & Hedges Challenge one-day international tournament of the 5th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth in 04th January 1987.

Opener Gordon Greenidge's classy century and All-round display from Michael Holding's blazing unbeaten fifty with three-wickets and Joel Garner's easy two wickets sets up to West Indies' massive 164-run victory over Australia in a one-sided game of the fifth match of a Benson and Hedges Challenge.

Match Stats : 
  • West Indies' 164-run win was their second largest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their biggest win against Australia in ODIs, previous biggest win by 128-runs at Melbourne in 1982.
  • Gordon Greenidge became the fourth West Indies batsman to score a century against Australia in ODIs after 
  • Gordon Greenidge became the third West Indies batsman to scored seven centuries in One-day international after Desmond Haynes (8) and Viv Richards (8).
  • Australia's 91 was their third lowest score in One-day international and It is their worst-total against West Indies in ODIs, previous lowest was 107 at Melbourne in 1982.

West Indies scored 255-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Gordon Greenidge struck 100 off 119-balls - which was his 7th ODI hundred and his first century against Australia in ODIs - including 12-fours.

Michael Holding hammered a unbeaten 53 off 35-balls including 5-fours & a six with strike rate of 151.42, Desmond Haynes and Larry Gomes each scored 18-runs.

Australia best bowler by Simon O'Donnell claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 65-runs in 10-overs, Ken MacLeay, Bruce Reid, Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott each took one-wickets.

Australia bundled out for 91 in 35.4 overs with top scorer by Steve Waugh cracked a 29 off 47-balls including 2-fours & a six, Allan Border 9 and Simon O'Donnell 8.

West Indies best bowler by Tony Gray picked up 3-wickets for 9-runs in 7.4-overs with economy rate of 1.17, Michael Holding took 3-wickets for 32-runs in 10-overs including a maiden.

Joel Garner took 2-wickets for 10-runs in 6-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 1.66 and Roger Harper strikes two-wickets.

This match reported by Peter West (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

Reflects on a weekend of Australian anguish, West Indian mixed fortune and delight for England as they prepare to take on Pakistan.

THE FACT that England and Pakistan will contest the final of the Benson and Hedges Challenge on Wednesday did not deter more than 22,000 spectators from watching Australia play West Indies for third place in this quadrangular

Alas for the hopes of the vast majority, they saw their side lose by 164 runs, relentlessly bowled out by West Indies for 91 with more than 14 overs to spare. Three defeats in this one-day bonanza will do nothing to lift the morale of an Australian side before the fifth and final Test against England, starting in Sydney next Saturday, in a series already lost. Their supporters may well feel that things cannot get much worse. 

West Indies have never lost three limited overs games in succession. The last time, until this tournament, they had lost two in sequence was in 1981. Yesterday having been beaten by Pakistan and England, they were in no mood to set an unwanted record.

I felt sorry for Australia, batting on a pitch with enough bounce, not all of it even, to whet the appetites of a determined pace battery.

Alan Border, Australia's captain, said afterwards: "I think we were still shell-shocked, stunned after that defeat by Pakistan when the whole thing ran away from us in the closing stages. The boys have been given three days off, and the way they feel now I think they might as well go on the beach and turn up in Sydney at 11 o'clock on Saturday."

After 12 overs they were 18 for three. Even Border, struggling to make headway against bowling fired in short of a length, and from a grear height in the persons of Garner and Gray, both 6ft 8in, managed only three runs off nine overs, and nine off 13 altogether.

It was simply no contest. Only Waugh, with a brave 28, got into double figures. Garner had two for 10 and Gray, more remarkably, three for nine off 7.4 overs.

Greenidge held the West Indian innings together with one of his best hundreds, his seventh in one-day internationals, off 120 balls, and Holding, 53 off 35 balls, ensured a total formidable enough to put a much stronger side than Australia under a lot of pressure. Greenidge won the man-of-the-match award.

Australia's best bowler was Macleay whose control of length and line should have him short-listed for their Test side.

The last match of the round-robin stage, England v Pakistan, will be played today as a dress rehearsal for the final. The side batting second will do so under floodlights.

England are not disposed to take this game lightly, being anxious to maintain a winning momentum. Whitaker must play if there are any doubt at all about Lamb's tweaked hamstring.

If Dilley feels he has any problems with his knee, England may give him a rest and play four seamers, which would mean a game for both DeFreitas and Foster.

England's exciting victory over West Indies on Saturday, by 19 runs, reflected the tenacity and good sense of their batsmen after a grisly start, and some inspired out-cricket in which Dilley played the decisive hand.

After the early loss of Broad, Athey and Gower, Lamb held England together with 71 his best innings on a big occasion during this tour. It needed a brilliantly athletic catch by Harper to dismiss him.



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