The first World Cup caught India and East Africa unware as they did not know how to pick pace while batting. Sri Lanka gave a better performance than India. Pakistan lacked the last minute thrust as a result England and New Zealand joined the finalist Australia and West Indies in the final. Gary Gilmour played only the semifinal and final for Australia and like a missile destroyed the opponents. But Captain Clive Lloyd finally survived in the tournament and scored a century. But if it had not been the fielding of Vivian Richards which resulted in 3 of the 5 run outs when West Indies fielded, the Caribbean would have lost the final to the fighting Aussies.
- 3 Below 100 Score.
Sri lanka the 1st team to score below 100 runs.
England the 1st team to score above 300 runs.
Biggest Wins: England by 202 runs, India by 10 wickets
1st Match: England def India by 202 runs
Captain Mike Denness elected to bat as With a century from Dennis Amiss and his 176 runs 2nd wicket partnership with Keith Fletcher (68 runs), England scored 334/4. Indians and its captain Venkataraghavan were clueless about ODI scoring 132/3 with Sunil Gavaskar scoring record breaking slow 174 ball unbeaten 36 runs playing throughout the innings.
- Scores: Eng: 334/4, Ind: 132/3
Centuries: 137 Dennis Amiss
50s: Fletcher 68, Chris Old 51*
Big Partnerships: 174 2nd Amiss, Fletcher
89* 5th Mike Denness, Old
MOM: Dennis Amiss
2nd Match: New Zealand def East Africa by 181 runs
It was another one-sided match where riding on opener and captain Glen Turner’s unbeaten 171 runs, Kiwis scored 309/5 against the hapless East Africans who scored 128/8 with opener Frasat Ali as their highest scorer with 45.
- Scores: New Zealand: 309/5, East Afric: 128/8
Centuries: 171 Glen Turner
50s: John Parker 66
Big Partnerships: 149 3rd Turner, Parker
Best bowling: 3/21 Dayle Hadless and 3/299 Howarth (NZ)
MOM: Glen Turner
3rd Match: Australia def Pakistan by 73 runs
Somewhat competitive match after the first two one-sided matches. As Ian Chappell elected to bat, Aussies scored 278/7 with unbeaten 80 from Ross Edwards. Pakistan never looked like chasing and became the first team to be bowled out in World Cup scoring 205 despite half century from Majid Khan and captain Asif Iqbal.
- Scores: Australia: 278/7, Pak: 205
50s: Edwards 80*, Majid Khan 65, Asif Iqbal 53
Big Partnerships: 77 5th Asif Iqbal, Wasim Raja
Best bowling: 5/34 Dennis Lillee
MOM: Dennis Lillee
4th Match: WI def SL by 9 wickets
SL were all out on 86 runs with even their captain Tennekoon going on a duck. West Indies lost opener Fredericks (33) but won by 9 wickets.
- Scores: Sri Lanka: 86, West Indies: 87/1
Match turners: SL bowled out for 86 runs
Best bowling: 4/20 Julien, 3/22 Keith Boyce
MOM: BD Julien
5th Match: England def New Zealand by 80 runs
Send to bat by New Zealand, England scored a good total riding on the century of Keith Fletcher and with support from Haynes (34) and captain Denness (37) despite losing first two wickets of openers Dennis Amiss (16) and Jameson (11) to Collinge at just 28 runs. But, while chasing only their opener John Morrison could fight as they were bundled out for 186 with Tony Greig taking 4/45.
- Scores: England 266/6, New Zealand 186
Centuries: 131 by Keith Fletcher
50s: 55 by Morrison (NZ)
Big Partnerships: 83 3rd Fletcher and Haynes
Match turners: Inning of Fletcher
Best bowling: 4/45 Tony Greig
Run outs: 0
MOM: Keith Fletcher
6th Match: India defeat East Africa by 10 wickets
India played a weaker team and registered the biggest win of World Cup as Abid Ali (2/22), Madan Lal (3/15), Mohinder Amarnath (2/39), and Bedi (1/6 in 12 overs with 8 maidens) restricted East Africa to 120 with Jawahir Shah (37) being their highest scorer. In response, learning after first match against England that ODI needs quick batting, the openers Gavaskar (65*) and Farookh Engineer (54*) added 123 runs in 30th over. Farookh getting MOM did come as a surprise in a bowler dominated match.
- Scores: East Africa: 120, India 123/0
50s: 65 by Gavaskar, 54 by Engineer
Big Partnerships: 123 1st Gavaskar, Engineer
Match turners: Indian bowlers
Best bowling: 3/15 Madan Lal, 1/6 Bedi
Run outs: 2
MOM: Farookh Engineer
7th Match: Australia def Sri Lanka by 52 runs
Being sent to bat first, Australians scored another 300+ runs riding on the century by opener Alan Turner and his big opening wicket partnership with McCosker (73). Greg Chappell (50) and Doug Walters (59) added had another big partnership for 4th wicket as Sri Lankan bowlers had a hard time.
In response, Sri Lankans did earn some respect losing only by 52 runs. Wicketkeeper opener took 18 balls to hit 22 runs and was the first to go at 30 runs. After that opener Wettimuny (53) and Duleep Mendis (32) had to retire. Warnapura (31), Captain Tennekoon (48) and Michael Tissara (52) fought bravely although they felll short.
- Scores: Aus 328/5, SL 276/4
Centuries: 101 by Alan Turner
50s: 5 (73 by McCosker, 50 by Greg Chappell, 59 by Walters for Aus, 53 by Wettimuny and 52 by Tissera for SL)
Big Partnerships: 182 1st McCosker, Turner
117 4th Greg Chappell, Walters
162 3rd Wettimuny, Mendies, Tennekoon, Tissera
Match turners: Two retired hurt of Sri Lanka
Best bowling: 2/14 in 4 overs by Ian Chappell
Run outs: 0
Retired hurt: 2
MOM: Alan Turner
8th Match: West Indies def Pakistan by 1 wicket
Thriller of the first World Cup where Pakistan almost provided an upset with shocking performance by Sarfraz Nawaz with ball but a memorable 10th wicket partnership saved West Indies.
Electing to bat first, Pakistan scored 266 with half centuries from opener captain Majid Khan, Mushtaq Mohammad and Wasim Raja.
Sarfraz Nawaz devastated West Indies with 4/44 but it was the memorable 10th wicket partnership of 64 runs between wicketkeeper Deryck Murray and Andy Robers (24*) that kept Pakistan at bay.
- Scores: Pak 266/7, WI 267/9
50s: 60 Majid Khan, 55 Mushtaq, 58 Wasim Raja for Pak, 53 Clive Lloyd, 61* Murray for WI
Big Partnerships: 64* 10th Murray, Robers
Match turners: Opening spell of Sarfraz and then 10th wicket partnership by WI
Best bowling: 4/44 by Sarfraz
run outs: None
Facts: Both captains scored half-centuries.
MOM: Sarfraz Nawaz
9th Match: England trounced East Africa by 196 runs
Being sent to bat first, England scored 290/5 with half-centuries from top 3. 3/63 by Zulfiqar Ali was Africa’s best bowling performance. In response, East African batsmen folded for 94 runs with Snow and Peter Lever devastating them.
- Scores: Eng 290/5, East Africa 94
50s: 77 Barry Wood, 88 Dennis Amiss, 52 Hayes
Big Partnerships: 158 1st Wood, Amiss
Match turners: Batting of top 3 from England
Best bowling: 4/11 Snow, 3/32 Lever, 2/18 in 10 overs Tony Greig, 1/2 Old.
Run outs: None
MOM: John Snow
Facts: Below 100 score by Africa
10th Match: New Zealand def India by 4 wickets
India lost the match with some fight. After electing to bat, they scored less than 250, which New Zealand could score only with a century by Captain Opener Alan Turner. Indians were in trouble at 6.101, but Abid Ali, Madan Lal (20) and Captain Venkataraghavan (26*) got them something to fight for. In return Kiwis also struggled but were home with 7 balls remaining.
- Scores: Ind 230, NZ 233/6
Centuries: 114 Glen Turner
50s: 70 Abid Ali
Big Partnerships: 60 9th Abid Ali, Venkataraghavan
Match turners: Century by Turner
Best bowling: 3.49 McKechnie
run outs: 1 (Howarth)
Facts: 2nd century for Turner
11th Match: West Indies def Australia by 7 wickets
In the battle of biggies, West Indies stamped its authority. First they did not let Australia reach 200 runs after sending them to bat, and then they chased with ease in 46 overs.
- Scores: Aus 192, WI 195/3
50s: 58 Ross Edwards, 52 Rod Marsh for Aus, 58 Fredericks, 78 Kallicharran for WI
Big Partnerships: 124 2nd Fredericks, Kallicharran
Match turners: Bowling of Julien (1/31), Boyce (2/38) and ROberts (3/39)
Best bowling: Andy Robers 3/39
run outs: 1 (Walters)
Facts: Dennis Lillee 1/66 in 10 overs
12th Match: Pakistan def Sri Lanka by 192 runs
Sent to bat first Pakistan amassed 300+ runs with half centuries from top 3 and then bundled out Sri Lanka for a low score with Imran (3/15), Javed Miandad (2/22), Sadiq Mohammad (2/20) leading the charge.
- Scores: Pak 330/6, SL 138
50s: Zaheer Abbas 97, Majid Khan 84, Sadiq Mohammad 74
Big Partnerships: 159 1st Sadiq, Majid Khan
Match turners: Half-centuries by first three and 89-ball 97 runs by Zaheer Abbas.
Best bowling: 3/15 Imran Khan
run outs: None
MOM: Zaheer Abbas
Semifinal: Australia def England by 4 wickets
A thrilling low scoring match where sent to bat first England could not cross 100 runs, but they ensured Australia sweat too. Australians were 6/39 from where Doug Walters (20) and Gary Gilmour (28* run a ball) helped them reached the final.
- Scores: Eng 93, Aus 94/6
Big Partnerships: 54* 7th Walters, Gilmour
Match turners: Gary Gilmour with ball and bat
Best bowling: 6/14 in 12 overs by Gilmour, 3/22 by Max walker for Aus, 3/29 by Old and 2/30 by Snow for England.
run outs: None
MOM: Gary Gilmour
Facts: Below 100 scores, best bowling of World Cup
Semifinal: West Indies def New Zealand by 5 wickets
Sent to bat first, New Zealand succumbed to 158 with Julien, Andy Robers (2/18) and Holder (3/30 Holder) destroying them.. Greenidge and Kallicharan ensured West Indies reach the final comfortably, defusing the fightback effort by Collinge (3/28)
- Scores: New Zealand 158, WI 159/5
50s: 51 by Howarth for NZ, 55 Greenidge, 72 Kallicharan
Big Partnerships: 125 2nd Greenidge, Kalllicharan
Match turners: Julien and Roberts destroying top order
Best bowling: 4/27 by Julien
run outs: None
Final: West Indies won by 17 runs
85-ball 102 runs from Captain Clive Lloyd took West Indies to a big total despite another great bowling spell from Gary Gilmour. While chasing, Australians fought hard and could have won the final if Vivian Richards was not in the fielding team. He ran out Alan Turner, Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell and then with 2 more run outs, Aussies were cut short by 17 runs. 4/50 by Boyce was less damaging than the 5 runs outs West Indies fielder inflicted upon Aussies.
- Centuries: 102 by Clive Lloyd
Scores: WI 291/8, Aus 274 (58.4 overs)
50s: Kanhai 55, Ian Chappell 62
Big Partnerships: 149 4th Kanhai, Lloyd
Match turners: 102 by Lloyd and run outs by Viv Richards
Best bowling: 5/48 Gilmour (Aus), 4/50 Boyce (WI)
run outs: 5 (For WI)
MOM: Clive Lloyd