Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1988-89 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1988-89 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the second final played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 16th January 1989.

Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Viv Richards' fifties and Gordon Greenidge's superb 46 before Ian Bishop's career-best four-wicket haul and Carl Hooper's three-wicket haul gives West Indies resounding 92-run victory over Australia and level the best-of-three finals with 1-1 in a one-sided game of second final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

West Indies scored 277-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Desmond Haynes hit 62 off 68-balls including 7-fours.

Richie Richardson scored 55 off 77-balls including a boundary, Viv Richards hammered a 53 off 40-balls included 3-sixes & 3-fours with strike rate of 132.50.

Gordon Greenidge cracked a 46 off 56-balls including 7-fours & a six and Gus Logie 18.

Australia best bowler by Merv Hughes claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 44-runs in 7-overs, Allan Border took 2-wickets and one for Peter Taylor - Steve Waugh.

Australia scored 185 for all-out in 40 overs with top scorer by David Boon cracked a 36 off 37-balls including 4-fours & a six.

Dean Jones struck 27 off 26-balls including 3-fours & a six, Geoff Marsh and Mark Waugh each scored 22-runs.

West Indies best bowler by Ian Bishop claimed a 4-wickets for 52-runs in 10-overs and Carl Hooper picked up 3-wickets for 22-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 2.20.

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

Just when Australia was beginning to pick itself off the floor, the West Indies delivered a timely reminder of their latent power at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It came through the most emphatic one-day victory of the summer- a 92-run annihilation with 10 overs to spare-taking the best-of-three World Series Cup into the third and deciding match for only the third time in its 10-year history. The teams will meet on Wednesday at the SCG to decide the issue.

The West Indies, who had lost their last four WSC matches, including the first final in Melbourne on Saturday night, made their intentions clear when, after winning the toss and batting, openers Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes led a brutal attack on the Australian bowlers. 

This overpowering assault on a pitch that was supposed to favor the spin-oriented home attack, allowed the West Indies to rack up 9/277, their highest one-day total of the summer, and leave Australia with no option but to take every possible risk in its innings to try to close out the series.

The Australians, who had won their past five matches in the series, gave the packed house at the SCG good reason to believe they may pull off a most unlikely victory when they plundered their first 100 from just 101 balls.

The opening partnership of David Boon and Geoff Marsh provided its usual solidity, offering 57 in the first 10 overs. Boon, 36 from 37 balls, Marsh 22 from 39 balls and first drop Dean Jones, 27 from 26 balls, all gave the impression that the target was not as remote as it appeared. But the demands of a 5.56 run rate finally took its toll on the home side. With paceman Ian Bishop, 4/52 from 10 overs, cutting his way through the top order and off-spinner Carl Hooper cleaning up the tail, Australia was bowled out for 185 in the 40th over.

Only one other batsman - Mark Waugh, who got 22 from 25 balls- got beyond 13 as the last seven wickets fell for 52 runs in 17 overs.
While it will be the third time the finals series has gone to a third match the last was in 1983-84 when the West Indies beat Australia after the second match was tied-Australia will have to make history to reach its goal Wednesday night. It has failed to beat the all-powerful West Indies in three previous attempts in this series.

But Australian captain Allan Border did not appear too perturbed by the sudden loss of the high ground. "It was just a badly orchestrated run chase and we are not totally despondent," he said.

The Australians dropped O'Donnell to make way for Greg Matthews, a move that created more excitement among the West Indies batsmen than it did among the NSW all-rounder's adoring Sydney audience.

Matthews was introduced to the attack after Hughes had gone for 28 off his first four overs. Green- idge and Haynes, who had taken 56 off the first nine overs, were in the right mood to greet the returning hero.

Even Matthews could not retain his usual ebullience under the attack to which he was subjected. The West Indies opening pair took 14 off his first two overs before Border, who was starting to look like a frustrated poker player who knew he was out of options, withdrew his alleged trump card. Without so much as a wiggle of the hips, Matthews disappeared into the outfield to contemplate his inauspicious return to international combat.

Greenidge, a player who enjoys treating the world's best bowlers with con- tempt, unveiled his reverse sweep for the first time on this tour, putting Matthews away for two and four down at third man.

While Greenidge (46 from 56 balls) and Haynes (62 from 68 balls) laid the foundations for the West Indies' highest one-day score against Australia in this country with a sizzling opening stand of 99, Matthews was left to contemplate a depressing seven-over stint that cost 62 runs.

The mauling was led by Viv Richards who took 37 from Matthews' bowling, including three sixes over long on and mid wicket. The vast majority of the 42,479 spectators fell silent Steve Waugh had every reason to shed a tear as he watched the West Indies captain peel off 53 from just 40 balls.

Waugh, who had earlier put down Gus Logle on 4, spilled a sharp, waist-high catchi from him at short mid-wicket before he had scored. Border, the bowling victim on both occasions, did well to limit his reaction to a relatively benign shake of the head.

But Border, along with Peter. Taylor, did their best to make up for Waugh's indiscretions and Matthews' loose bowling. Taylor managed to apply the brakes in the middle of the innings with a craftsman-like spell of 1/31 from 10 overs and Border provided much-needed support with 2/39 from his 10 overs.

After the initial onslaught Taylor might have expected to be another candidate for the mincer but his flight, direction and sharp turn brought him a lot of respect.



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