Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 12th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 06th February 1987.

Peter Taylor and Simon Davis' combined 5-wickets before A superb maiden half-century from Tim Zoehrer the hero as Australia tense two-wicket victory over West Indies and enter into the best-of-three finals in a last-over thriller of the 12th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

West Indies scored 192 for all-out in 49 overs with top scorer by Thelston Payne struck 60 off 119-balls including four boundaries.

Larry Gomes scored 38 off 61-balls without a boundary, Viv Richards hit 25 off 26-balls including 2-fours & a six and Roger Harper blasted a 20 off 10-balls included one-six & a four with strike rate of 200.

Australia best bowler by Peter Taylor picked up 3-wickets for 36-runs in 10-overs, Simon Davis took 2-wickets and one for Steve Waugh - Greg Matthews.

Australia chased 195-8 in 49.1 overs with top scorer by Tim Zoehrer struck off 59-balls, Geoff Marsh scored 33 off consuming 76-balls without a boundary, Greg Ritchie 25, Dirk Wellham 24 and Simon O'Donnell 23 not out.

West Indies best bowler by Viv Richards picked up 3-wickets for 29-runs in 7-overs, Roger Harper takes 2-wickets, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner and Tony Gray each took one-wickets.

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

AUSTRALIA beat West Indies by two wickets with five balls to spare in the last preliminary World Series Cup match in Sydney. They will now meet England in a best-of-three final for the trophy.

When wicketkeeper Tim Zoehrer, promoted from No 8 to open, had made 50 off only 59 balls and Australia were 74 for one, the margin of victory looked likely to be much greater.

Australia, though, were subsequently restrained by Harper, who accounted for Jones and Marsh, and Walsh who bowled 10 excellent overs for only 16 runs.

Six wickets had gone for 163, with five overs left, when O'Donnell joined his captain, batting at No 7. By then, I think, Richards had all but accepted defeat.

Richards strikes

Although Border and Matthews were bowled by Richards in the penultimate over-to the West. Indian captain's evident delight- O'Donnell settled matters by striking 19 off 14 balls and then driving the last one of the game for a straight four.

Without Greenidge, Haynes, Holding and Marshall, who were all injured, and with one of their stop-gap openers, Payne, pulling a hamstring West Indies-aiming for an improbable 374-failed yet again to make 200. They also had a batsman reprieved after being given out for "obstructing the field".

When Benjamin pushed a ball from Taylor down the pitch, Grey had backed up so far that, aware of his impending fate, he instinctively stuck out his bat to deflect the ball from the bowler's grasp.
The umpire, Dick French, rightly had no hesitation in raising his finger for one of cricket's rarest dismissals.

Border then, very sportingly, interceded on the batsman's behalf and Gray was called back.
He did not endure for long, Grey being the last of three men run out as West Indies slumped from 147 for three after 40 overs to 192 all out.

West Indies' batting is too dependant at the moment on their brilliant captain. Richards had launched a threatening attack on Matthews when the off-spinner pulled off yet another return catch.

This was not in the class of the astonishing one with which he dismissed Botham last Sunday, but Richards middled his drive and it was a remarkable juggling effort.

Payne, needing a runner for most of his innings, did well to make top score of 60 before falling to yet another good return catch, this time by Taylor.

Gomes kept things ticking over with 38, and Harper made 20 off 10 balls.
Although this was a token contest, West Indies having such little hope of reaching the final, it still attracted 32,537 spectators.

Now opener Chris Broad and fast bowler Graham Dilley face a battle against time as England prepare for their first match in the final against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.



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