The match was played in Madras, and the Kangaroos were put into bat by India captain Kapil Dev. The Aussies made the most of this opportunity and smashed a brilliant 270 runs in their allotted 50 overs. A major chunk of runs was scored by limited-overs specialist Geoff Marsh, who scored a 110. The other Aussie opener, David Boon too came up with a quick-fire 49 runs.
But the match will mostly be remembered for debutant Navjot Singh Sidhu's heroics. Coming in to bat at no 3, Sidhu came up with a blistering knock of 73 runs. That's not it. His innings included a whopping 5 sixes. But unfortunately, that effort didn't prove to be enough for the Indians as they fell short tantalisingly close to the target.
India lost the match by a solitary run, which is the smallest margin of victory till now in a World Cup match.
First Published: October 9, 2017, 4:00 PM IST