1979 Cricket World Cup History

1979 Cricket World Cup

In the previous article, we have briefly described the World Cup 1975, now this article on world Cup 1979 all information related to this tournament is mention below.

ICC Cricket World Cup 1979 basic facts

Dates:                                                     9 June – 23 June

Administrator                                      International Cricket Council

Matches played                                     15

Cricket format                                    One Day International

Participants                                            8

Tournament format(s)                        Round-robin and Knockout

Champions                                              West Indies (2nd title)

Host country                                          England

Attendance                                             132,000 (8,800 per match)

Most rans                                                 Gordon Greenidge (253)

Most wickets                                          Mike Hendrick (10)

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World Cup History

The 1979 Cricket World Cup was the second edition of the tournament in cricket history and was won by the West Indies. It was held in England from 9 to 23 June 1979. The match schedule format had remained the same in 1975 world cup. Eight countries were participated in the tournament event. The matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each. The top two teams in each of the group played the semifinals to each other, whose winners played the final in England. The matches played consisted of 60 overs for each innings and were played in the traditional way white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and hence started early.

The world Cup was lifted by the captain of the West Indies team named Clive Lloyd, who consider as the favorites to win the world cup again and no ‘Man of the Series’ was awarded in 1979 world cup.

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The major teams emerged from a qualifying competition – the ICC Trophy, won by Sri Lanka. Australian unknown team as their best players was still contracted to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. Pakistan and West Indies, fearing ructions at home if they fared imperfectly, select all of their WSC players.

Early Running

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West Indies topped their groups with two wining matches and its was zero-result against Sri Lanka, who upset Indian team by 47 runs at Old Trafford in a world cup match. New Zealand, with a strong hand of medium-pacers who could bat a bit, qualified with comfortable wins over Sri Lanka and India before running West Indies was close 32 runs in a match at Trent Bridge. England beat Australia and bowled out Canada for 45 runs, but before pipping Pakistan, the other qualifiers from in that group, in a very low-scoring match at Headingley. Gordon Greenidge’s scored only 106 not-outs for West Indies against India at Edgbaston it was only century in the group games

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The semis final

Graham Gooch scored 71 from 84 balls and Mike Brearley runs 53 in 115 balls sechedule England’s innings together after early wickets fall down against New Zealand at Old Trafford. Chasing the scored of 221 runs, John Wright who add the scored 69 runs from 137 balls for team did a similar job before he was run out. New Zealand had lots of all-rounder in the match – but still nine wickets fell down earlier and run short. West Indies runner up 293 runs for 6 wickets at The Oval game, but were sweating as Majid Khan 81 and Zaheer Abbas 93 runs shared a brilliant standing of 166 runs. But Pakistan batsman overall scored 250 runs and the middle-order batsman was Viv Richards, with 3 wickets for 52 runs. Then once again West Indies were in the final.

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The final Match

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The match was played between two team England and West Indies. In the final match of world cup 1979 England won the toss and chose to field first. The West Indies make a bad start, falling first four wickets in just 99 runs with the loss of Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, and Captain Clive Lloyd very soon. However, West Indies batman named Vivian Richards scored 138 runs from 157 balls, including 11 fours, 3 sixes in his innings and Collis King make 86 from 66 balls, including 10 fours, 3 sixes. King especially makes a strike rate of 130.3 with a ripped through the English bowling. The West Indies were already scored at 238/5 with the loss of Collis King when the 139 run partnership ended. The tail and Vivian Richards then took the West Indies to a very imposing total of 286 (9 wickets, 60 overs) to make good support for the team.

The English batsmen did make a good start. But the openers, Mike Brearley 64 runs from 130 balls, including 7 fours and Geoff Boycott runs (57 from 105 balls, 3 fours) they scored very slowly. They put together a very methodical opening partnership of 129 runs in just 38 overs, playing as just like if the match were a five-day Test. With the time being both batsmen were out very soon, the required run rate had risen too high. Then Graham Gooch played some hefty strokes and score reached 32, taking England to 183/2. However, the loss of Gooch triggered the most upsetting collapse in World Cup history, as England lost 8/11. The England team were finally all out for 194 runs in just 51 overs. Vivian Richards was declared Man of the Match in the world cup 1979.

In the next article we have briefly described on the World Cup 1983.

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