Australia vs West Indies 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 8th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 28th January 1987.

Pace bowler Simon O'Donnell's career-best 4 for 19, Greg Matthews and Steve Waugh's combined 5-wickets helped to Australia comfortable 36-run victory over West Indies in the eighth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Australia scored 194 for all-out in 50 overs with top scorer by Dirk Wellham scored 39 off consumed 60-balls without a boundary.

Greg Ritchie struck 35 off 51-balls including 3-fours, Dean Jones 22, Geoff Marsh 20, Allan Border 19 and Steve Waugh 16.

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh both took 2-wickets and one for Joel Garner - Winston Benjamin.

West Indies scored 158 for all-out in 46.1 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards struck 70 off 96-balls including 9-fours.

Roger Harper scored a unbeaten 20 off consuming 49-balls without a boundary, Joel Garner hammered a 18 off 8-balls including 2-sixes & a four with strike rate of 225 and Desmond Haynes 17.

Australia best bowler by Simon O'Donnell claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 19-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 1.90.

Greg Matthews picked up 3-wickets for 32-runs in 8.1-overs including two maidens, Steve Waugh took 2-wickets and one for Peter Taylor.

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

NOT even a masterful 70 by Viv Richards could save the West Indies from losing to Australia under the Sydney Cricket Ground floodlights by 36 runs.

It was Australia's first victory in a limited overs contest against West Indies for two years and a result, exaultantly acclaimed by 36,459 spectators, which keeps them in the running to reach the best of three games' final in the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

On a pitch which offered the quick bowlers some unpredictable bounce, and a marked degree of turn for the spinners, it always seemed likely that Australia, in defending a seemingly modest total of 194, would put West Indies under some pressure if they bowled well.

This they certainly did with man-of-the match O'Donnell finishing with four for 19, Waugh with two for 32 off 10 crucially important overs and Matthews with three for 32.

West Indies were under the cosh from the word go, Richardson being caught behind off a glove and Gomes caught and bowled off a slower ball from O'Donnell, who had two for 8 off his first seven overs.

When Haynes, head in air, was bowled by Matthews attempting an injudicious pull, West Indies were 40 for three in the 17th over, and a great deal seemed to depend on captain, Richards, who fastened readily on the slightest deviation in length, and had a clear liking for Taylor's off-spin.

On 32, Richards lofted another off-spinner, Matthews, to deep mid-wicket where Taylor could not quite hold a difficult running catch. We wondered if this might cost Australia the match.
Not so. Logie and Dujan both departed to catches by Wellham at mid-wicket off Waugh's restrictive bowling.

Then Australia landed the big fish. The score was 114 for five in the 37th over when Richards, sweeping at Matthews, got a top edge which lobbed simply to Zoehrer behind the wicket
Australia's bating had begun in chains and ended ingloriously to a combination of apparent panic or sheer disregard of the basic principles to calling or running between the wickets.

There were four run outs in all, but had Richards not missed the stumps with throws by the proverbial coat of varnish," Australia might have equalled or bettered their "record" five run outs in one-day cricket.

That was at Lord's in the final of the first World Cup in 1975 where the opposition were again West Indies. The same Viv Richards then dispatched three including the two Chappell brothers.

Australia were grateful for a forceful 35 from Ritchie, while Wellham pushed things along sensibly at the other end.



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