1979 Cricket World Cup History

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Format

The format of the 1979 world cup was 2 groups of four teams, each team playing each other. The top two team from each group then advance to the Semi Finals where the winners then advance to the finals.

Participants

The following 8 teams qualified for the final tournament. Sri Lanka and Canada were the only two teams without Test statusand qualified for the tournament by reaching the final of the 1979 ICC Trophy.[1] East Africa who played in the first World cup didn’t qualify this time, which meant that there would be no nation from the African region participating in the 1979 World Cup.

Group A

Main article: 1979 Cricket World Cup Group A
TeamPtsPldWLNRRR
 England1233003.07
 Pakistan832103.60
 Australia431203.16
 Canada030301.60
9 June 1979
Scorecard
Australia 
159/9 (60 overs)
v
 England
160/4 (47.1 overs)
 England won by 6 wickets
Lord’s, London, England
9 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada 
139/9 (60 overs)
v
 Pakistan
140/2 (40.1 overs)
 Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Headingley, Leeds, England
14 June 1979
Scorecard
Pakistan 
286/7 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
197 all out (57.1 overs)
 Pakistan won by 89 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England
14 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada 
45 all out (40.3 overs)
v
 England
46/2 (13.5 overs)
 England won by 8 wickets
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
16 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada 
105 all out (33.2 overs)
v
 Australia
106/3 (26 overs)
 Australia won by 7 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
16 June 1979
Scorecard
England 
165/9 (60 overs)
v
 Pakistan
151 all out (56 overs)
 England won by 14 runs
Headingley, Leeds, England

Group B

Main article: 1979 Cricket World Cup Group B
TeamPtsPldWLNRRR
 West Indies1032013.93
 New Zealand832103.55
 Sri Lanka631113.56
 India030303.13
9 June 1979
Scorecard
India 
190 all out (53.1 overs)
v
 West Indies
194/1 (51.3 overs)
 West Indies won by 9 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
9 June 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
189 all out (56.5 overs)
v
 New Zealand
190/1 (47.4 overs)
 New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England
13, 14, 15 June 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
v
 West Indies
No result
The Oval, London, England
13 June 1979
Scorecard
India 
182 all out (55.5 overs)
v
 New Zealand
183/2 (57 overs)
 New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Headingley, Leeds, England
18 June 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
238/5 (60 overs)
v
 India
191 all out (54.1 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
16 June 1979
Scorecard
West Indies 
244/7 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
212/9 (60 overs)
 West Indies won by 32 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England

Knockout stage

Main article: 1979 Cricket World Cup knockout stage
Semi-finalsFinal
20 June – Old Trafford, Manchester
  England221/8
  New Zealand212/9
23 June – Lord’s, London
  England194
  West Indies286/9
20 June – The Oval, London
  West Indies293/6
  Pakistan250

Semi-finals 

In a very close semifinal match, England prevailed. New Zealand won the toss and fielded. England began badly, falling to 38/2, before Mike Brearley (53 from 115 balls, 3 fours) and Graham Gooch (71 from 84 balls, 1 four, 3 sixes) resurrected the innings. Derek Randall (42 from 50 balls, 1 four, 1 six) played well in the second half of the innings, as England recovered from 98/4 to post 221 (8 wickets, 60 overs). In the response, John Wright (69 from 137 balls) attacked well in the beginning. However, the loss of wickets bogged New Zealand down, and despite several late flourishes in the batting order, New Zealand started to drop behind. When New Zealand could not achieve the remaining 14 runs from the last over of the match, England went into the final.

Gordon Greenidge (73 from 107 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and Desmond Haynes (65 from 115 balls, 4 fours) set a first wicket partnership of 132 runs in a match dominated by batting. Vivian Richards and Clive Lloyd also contributed solidly, as West Indies ran up 293 (6 wickets, 60 overs) against Pakistan. Majid Khan (81 from 124 balls, 7 fours) and Zaheer Abbas (93 from 122 balls) shared a second-wicket partnership of 166 runs in 36 overs in the response. However, none of the other Pakistani batsmen flourished, with Javed Miandad being bowled for a duck first ball, and Pakistan lost 9/74, beginning with the dismissal of Abbas. Pakistan was bowled all out for 250 (all out, 56.2 overs) in the high-scoring semifinal, sending the West Indies to the final.

20 June 1979
Scorecard
West Indies 
293/6 (60 overs)
v
 Pakistan
250 all out (56.2 overs)
 West Indies won by 43 runs
The Oval, London, England
20 June 1979
Scorecard
England 
221/8 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
212/9 (60 overs)
 England won by 9 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Final

Main article: 1979 Cricket World Cup Final

England won the toss and chose to field first. The West Indies got off to a bad start, falling to 99/4 with the loss of Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, and captain Clive Lloyd. However, Vivian Richards (138 from 157 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) and Collis King (86 from 66 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) consolidated the innings. King especially ripped through the English bowling, with a strike rate of 130.3. The West Indies were already at 238/5 when the 139 run partnership ended with the loss of Collis King. Vivian Richards and the tail then took the West Indies to a very imposing total of 286 (9 wickets, 60 overs).

The English batsmen got off to a good start. But the openers, Mike Brearley (64 from 130 balls, 7 fours) and Geoff Boycott(57 from 105 balls, 3 fours) scored very slowly. They put together a very methodical opening partnership of 129 runs in 38 overs, playing as if the match were a five-day Test. By the time both batsmen were out, the required run rate had risen too high. Graham Gooch played some hefty strokes in scoring his 32, taking England to 183/2. However, the loss of Gooch triggered the most devastating collapse in World Cup history, as England lost 8/11. They were eventually all out for 194 in 51 overs. Vivian Richards was declared Man of the Match.

23 June 1979
Scorecard
West Indies 
286/9 (60 overs)
v
 England
194 all out (51 overs)
 West Indies won by 92 runs
Lord’s, London, England
Attendance: 32,000

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