India vs Australia 4th ODI 1986 Article

Read the article of India vs Australia 4th ODI 1986 - Australia tour of India 6-match one-day international series of the 4th ODI match played between Australia and India at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 02nd October 1986.

A belligerent 74 from Raman Lamba and Middle-order batsmen's short work helped to India tense three-wicket victory over Australia and go up 2-1 lead in the fourth ODI.

Australia scored 238-6 in 45 overs with top scorer by Steve Waugh cracked a unbeaten 57 off 53-balls including 4-fours & a six.

Greg Dyer hit a unbeaten 45 off 43-balls including 4-fours & a six, Dean Jones cracked a 43 off 48-balls included 3-fours & 2-sixes.

Greg Ritchie struck 35 off 39-balls including 2-sixes & 2-fours, David Boon scored 24 off 26-balls included 4-fours and Greg Matthews 15.

India best bowler by Maninder Singh, Roger Binny took 2-wickets and one for Ravi Shastri.

India chased 242-7 in 43.3 in Raman Lamba struck 74 off 68-balls, Dilip Vengsarkar scored 37 off 53-balls including 2-fours & a six.

Kapil Dev hit 36 off 37-balls included 2-fours, Ravi Shastri cracked a unbeaten 29 off 26-balls with 3-fours & a six and Mohammad Azharuddin 15

Australia best bowler by Bruce Reid picked up 3-wickets for 43-runs in 9-overs, Steve Waugh took 2-wickets and one for Simon Davis - Dave Gilbert.

Raman Lamba named Player of the match for his match-winning belligerent 74-runs knocked off facing 68-balls including 8-fours and a six with strike rate of 108.82.

This match reported by Trevor Grant (Third Party Reference from SMH)

The Australian team management publicly accused the Indian captain Kapil Dev of gamesmanship and threatening the spirit of the game within minutes of India's storming victory in the fourth one-day international.

The Australian anger at India's deliberate attempts to slow down the Australian batsmen's momentum by dawdling through their overs, exploded into the public gaze at a post-match press conference.

India, which won today's encounter by three wickets with nine balls to spare, bowled only 45 of the scheduled 50 overs in the prescribed the three-and-a-half hours. In Australia, teams are fined for not getting through their overs but here there is no penalty.

After winning the toss and bowling in two of the last three matches in this one-day series, Kapil Dev's team has managed to get through only 47 overs.

Today when he again called correctly and asked Australia to bat, the tourists expected the worst and they got it.

From this position, Kapil Dev can control the game by ordering the bowlers to go slow as soon as the Australian bastmen get up a head of steam. It worked to perfection today and as soon as the Indians came off the field for lunch, Australian cricket manager Bob Simpson and team manager Alan Crompton gave notice of the post-match press conference.

"As you know it has not been my policy to comment on umpires or behavior by the opposition players," Simpson said. "Unfortunately, now I feel that in the greater interest of cricket I must raise the questionable and deliberate gamesmanship employed by the Indian captain, Kapil Dev."

"By deliberately slowing up the game in a bid to gain the advantage for his own team, Kapil Dev is threatening the spirit in which these matches are being played and robbing the public of cricket for which they have paid a high price to witness."

The Australian management has protested unofficially several times on this issue since the first match was played in Jaipur last month. But the Indian board has steadfastly refused to bow to this pressure.

Soon after the Australians informed the Indian board of their plans to hold a press conference, a meeting between the board's executives and the Australian team management was announced. It will be held on Saturday in Ahmedabad, the day before the fifth match in the series is due to be played.

Unfortunately, the Australian protest may be viewed as sour grapes, seeing as it was lodged so soon after the three-wicket loss.

The loss came after a last minute gamble by Australian captain Allan Border failed to come off.

With India, put within range of victory by a superb 74 off 68 balls from newcomer Raman Lamba, needing 26 runs off the last three overs to pass Australia's total of 6/238, Border decided to bring back off-spinner Greg Matthews, who had conceded 35 runs from four overs earlier in the day.

The result from his fifth was even worse - 19 runs to Indian pair Ravi Shastriand Mohammed Azharuddin — a six, three fours and a single.

The task then was relatively simple and they got there with a four off the third ball of the second last over, bowled by Simon Davis.

Kapil Dev's decision to send the Australians in this morning looked like being extremely profitable.

The pitch which had so much rain before and during the second Test last week, obviously was still a little moist underneath, making batting a chore.



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