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ICC World Cup 1979 World Cup: India’s misery, West Indies’ utter dominance

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first_img New Delhi: In 1975, the cricketing world witnessed the first World Cup and it was yielded a major success. Four years later, the second edition was held in England again and this time, it was Canada who made their debut in the tournament. Sri Lanka was once again invited as an Associate team. For India, it was a disastrous tournament as they continued their winless run in the tournament. After losing their opening game to the West Indies by nine wickets, their fortunes hit rock bottom when they suffered a 47-run loss to Sri Lanka. After losing their last league game to New Zealand, India was dumped out in sorry fashion.Australia, who were the finalists in the 1975 edition, crashed out in the league stages after losing to England and Pakistan. West Indies stormed through the league stages along with England while Pakistan became the first Asian nation to reach the knockout stages of the tournament. New Zealand showed their consistency by reaching the semi-final yet again but once again they fell short. In a tense semi-final against England, New Zealand fell short by nine runs while West Indies got the better of Pakistan in the other match by 43 runs. West Indies squared off against England in the final at Lord’s and it was once again a contest between two strong teams in that period. highlights Sir Viv Richards scored a century in the final against England.West Indies won the World Cup for the second time. India crashed out in the league stage, losing all three games including one to Sri Lanka. Viv Richards showed he was indeed the king of batting when he blasted 138 and aided by Collis King’s brutal 86, West Indies reached 286/9. In response, Mike Brearley and Geoffrey Boycott batted really slowly and the asking rate mounted. Despite Boycott’s fifty and an aggressive knock by Graham Gooch, England suffered a dramatic collapse as they lost eight wickets for 11 runs to lose by 92 runs. West Indies won their second consecutive World Cup and they showed the world they were indeed the Kings of cricket.Most runs: Gordon Greenidge of West Indies. Runs: 253. Average: 84.33Most wickets: Mike Hendrick of England. Wickets: 10. Average: 14.9Venue: England For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Strong Tipperary interest in Dundalk meeting.

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first_imgDavid Marnane is the most well represented Tipperary trainer at the County Louth track.The Bansha man sends Almadaa in the opener; Sassy But Classy goes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 6:45, while He’s Got Rhythm will line up alongside David Wachman’s Right First in the 8:15.Meanwhile, Aidan O’ Brien has a pair of entries – he saddles up Echoes of My Mind in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden which goes to post at 7:15, while The Islander will compete in the 8:45. And Andrew Slattery will also be watching over two entries – Merry Mast in the 7:45 and Sharjah, who will be among the field in the Floodlit Friday Night’s Handicap, which goes to post at 9:15.last_img read more