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23rd October 1989: Sir Viv Richards Bowls India Over with 6/41

Cricketnext Staff |October 23, 2018, 1:26 PM IST
23rd October 1989: Sir Viv Richards Bowls India Over with 6/41

Sir Viv Richards terrorized many a bowling attack in his career. But on this day in 1989, there was one instance where he ran amok with the ball against India in the eight match of the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.

A Krishnamachari Srikkanth-led India won the toss and opted to bowl first and would have been happy with their effort, having restricted the West Indies to a score of 196/9 in the allotted 45 overs. It was thanks to the 66-run stand between Richards (44) and Sir Richie Richardson (57) that the visitors got to a decent score.

In reply, despite losing skipper Srikkanth early, India were going along well with Raman Lamba anchoring the chase with Mohinder Amarnath at the other end. But Richards was introduced into the bowling attack and dismissed the latter for 23 to break the stand. Courtney Walsh dismissed Lamba for 61 and Richards took the game by the scruff of the neck.

He took three wickets in four balls and completely derailed the Indian batting innings to take West Indies to a 20-run win having bowled India out for 176. He finished with match figures of 9.4-0-41-6, till date his best bowling figures in any form of international cricket.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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