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June 14, 1979: England Bundle Out Hapless Canada for 45

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1979 was the year when second World Cup was played in England. West Indies had lifted the title for second consecutive time. Along the tournament there were a few interesting matches that made the headlines.

1979 was the year when second World Cup was played in England. West Indies had lifted the title for second consecutive time. Along the tournament there were a few interesting matches that made the headlines.

One of those matches was between hosts England and debutants Canada. As expected, England won the match comfortably. But it was their bowling performance that got all the attention. In the match they managed to bundle out the opposition for only 45 runs in 40.3 overs.

There was just one batsman, FA Dennis, who managed to reach double-digit scores — 21. Rest all the players were dismissed cheaply. In fact there were three ducks in the innings too.

Star of the bowling were CM Old and Bob Willis, who bagged four wickets each. But the former returned with figures of 4/8 in his 10 overs.

England cruised to victory with eight wickets in hand and over 40 overs to spare. Graham Gooch scored an unbeaten 21 to take his team to a victory. By the virtue of this match, England got four points.

In that tournament the final was played between West Indies and England, and the Caribs went on to lift their second trophy on the trot.

Viv Richard played the innings of a lifetime and smashed 138 from 157 balls. He powered his team to 286/9 in 60 overs. In reply England were bundled out for 194 and lost the match by 92 runs.

West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge scored most runs in the tournament, a blistering 253 in 5 matches, while England’s Mike Hendrick finished as the top wicket-taker with 10 scalps.

first published:June 14, 2020, 13:55 IST