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June 9, 1979: Holding too hot for listless India
West Indies' opening match of the 1979 World Cup campaign was against an unfancied Indian side - one of the four matches on the first day of the tournament. This was also the first-ever meeting between the two sides in limited overs cricket. The match was expected to be a one-sided game and it turned out to be so.
With four lethal fast bowlers at his disposal, Clive Lloyd asked the Indians to bat first on a seaming wicket. Michael Holding was the pick of the bowlers, who scalped four wickets. While there was chaos at one end, Gundappa Viswanath held his ground. He went onto score 75 against the ferocious Caribbean pacers and later termed it as the 'best one-day innings' he had played. Barring Viswanath's 75, no other batter managed to cross 20 and India were folded out for 190. Chasing a modest total, West Indies hardly broke a sweat as they registered a comfortable nine-wicket victory. Gordon Greenidge, at the top of the order, compiled an unbeaten century (106*) and scored almost 55% of his team's total.
While India failed to win a single match in the tournament, West Indies went onto lift the trophy for the second successive time without losing a match.
June 9-10, 1983: India announce arrival with shock win
India, a team that had just a solitary win in two editions of the World Cup, pulled off a massive upset on the opening day of the 1983 WC. The mighty West Indies - two time world champions without losing a single match - suffered their first-ever defeat in the mega event. India, put into bat, were reduced to 76-3 and that's when Yashpal Sharma entered the scene and played his best ODI knock scoring 89 off 120 (also his highest score) against a potent WI bowling attack. West Indies in reply were 67-2, when light deteriorated and still needed 196 to win. However, India struck at regular intervals on the following day and reduced their opponents to 130-8. Andy Roberts and Joel Garner refused to give up and stitched a 71-run partnership for the final wicket, before the latter was stumped off Ravi Shastri.
June 15, 1983: West Indies return dose with massive win
West Indies took revenge in less than a week at the Kennington Oval after the shocking loss in Manchester. The master blaster Viv Richards put on a masterclass scoring 119 after Clive Lloyd chose to bat. The defending champions posted a daunting 282 on the board and barring Mohinder Amarnath's 80, there was hardly any major contribution as India got bowled out for 216.
June 25, 1983: The day that changed India's cricket
The teams had faced off against each other twice earlier in the tournament and the scoreline read 1-1. All the odds were stacked against India, who were not even considered as slight favourites at the start of the competition. West Indies, playing their third World Cup final in as many editions, were expected to blow away their opposition. When India was skittled out for a paltry 183, the probability of West Indies' third WC title only increased. The Caribbeans were cruising at 50-1 and that's when Madan Lal scalped two wickets - including the big wicket of Viv Richards who was striking at over 115.
"I still don't know from where did he come to take that catch," Richards recollected on Kapil Dev's excellent running catch. West Indies never recovered from that dismissal. Mohinder Amarnath, who had scored a 26 with the bat, picked three wickets including the final one - trapping Michael Holding lbw (one of the most-watched dismissals by Indian fans) - and bagged the Man of the Match award. "Indian cricket has arrived. And it's here to stay," were the prophetic words of Clive Lloyd after the final. The 1983 triumph changed Indian cricket forever and for the better.
March 10, 1992: Cummins catches India short
Their first World Cup meet since the epic 1983 finale and Wellington was the battleground. While India came into the contest on the back of two successive wins, West Indies had lost two on the trot. Deciding to bat first, India got off to a solid start - thanks to the top three batters. However, India self-imploded and lost the ploy. From 102-1, India got skittled out for a paltry 197 - courtesy poor shot selection, a run-out and of course Anderson Cummins's four-fer.
Brian Lara, at the top of the order, got his team off to a flier with his 37-ball 41 which comprised of some high-class shots. There was a brief spell of rain and the target was revised (195 in 46 overs). A mini-comeback from the Indians followed when they reduced the Caribbeans from 81-1 to 112-5. But, Keith Arthurton compiled a sensible half-ton and was well-aided by Carl Hooper which resulted in West Indies winning the encounter with 34 balls to spare.
February 21, 1996: Tendulkar makes sloppy West Indies pay
The fixture at Gwalior was very similar to the one that took place at Wellington four years back, except the fact that teams reversed their performances. Brian Lara was wrongly adjudged caught-behind off Javagal Srinath in the sixth over of the match. Captain Richie Richardson, unperturbed, started to rebuild the innings along with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, before the former perished - getting caught at deep backward square leg. From there, things started to go downhill as the Windies were bundled out for 173, with Manoj Prabhakar and Anil Kumble picking three wickets apiece.
Curtly Ambrose cleaned up Ajay Jadeja and Navjot Sidhu in quick succession. In the tenth over, Ian Bishop forced a false shot from Sachin Tendulkar, only to see his wicket-keeper - Courtney Browne - put down a dolly. The Indian star batter made West Indies pay for it dearly as he scored a match-winning knock of 70 for which he was named the Man of the Match. With 49 more for a win, Sachin was involved in a mix-up with his childhood friend Vinod Kambli, which resulted in the set batter getting out. However, Kambli stayed till the end and took his team past the winning line as India went onto register the win with 62 balls to spare.
March 20, 2011: Windies collapse hands India easy win
It was the final match of the round robin stage and both teams had progressed to the quarterfinals, hence some of the senior members were rested (Chris Gayle and Kemar Roach by West Indies; Virender Sehwag by India). Opting to bat at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Ravi Rampaul started off with a wayward bouncer that went for five wides, but he silenced the crowd in the very same over as scalped out Sachin Tendulkar. He ended up scalping a fifer and is the only bowler to achieve the feat in an India-West Indies World Cup encounter.
Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh threaded a 122 run-stand for the third wicket with the former notching up a half-ton and the latter compiling his maiden WC century. Post that, India collapsed and got bowled out for 268. In reply, Devon Smith was leading the charge for the visitors as West Indies scored 154 in 30 overs and had eight wickets in hand. However, the match turned on its head after Zaheer Khan castled Smith. West Indies lost their last eight wickets for just 34 runs.
March 6, 2015: Anchorman Dhoni calms Indian nerves
On paper, India were a much stronger side and they proved the same on the field at the famous WACA, Perth. After deciding to bat first, West Indies lost four wickets in the first ten overs and things kept going downhill as they were reduced to 85-7 in the 25th over. Captain Jason Holder's half-century helped West Indies to post a respectable score, albeit below-par. Shami was the pick of the bowlers, who bowled a top-class spell with the new ball. He was eventually awarded the Man of the Match for his figures of 3/35.
India weren't too comfortable in chasing down the modest score. Jerome Taylor accounted for both the openers and the Indians were reduced to 78-4, later 134-6. However, a calm MS Dhoni did what he usually does-soaked in the pressure really well and took his team past the winning line.
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