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The 1979 Cricket World Cup (officially the Prudential Cup '79) was the second edition of the Cricket World Cup and was won by the West Indies, who had also won the inaugural tournament four years earlier. It was held in England from 9 to 23 June 1979. The format remained unchanged from 1975, with eight countries participating in the event. The preliminary matches were played in two groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group played the semi-finals, the winners of which met in the final at Lord's. The matches played consisted of 60 overs per team and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and hence started early.

Prudential Cup '79
Prudential Cup 79 logo.svg
Dates9 June – 23 June
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s)England England
Champions West Indies (2nd title)
Runners-up England
Participants8
Matches played15
Most runsWest Indies Cricket Board Gordon Greenidge (253)
Most wicketsEngland Mike Hendrick (10)
1975
1983

FormatEdit

The eight teams at the tournament were split into two groups of four teams, with each team playing the others in their group in a single round-robin format. The top two teams from each group then advance to the semi-finals to play in a single-elimination tournament.

ParticipantsEdit

 
Highlighted are the countries to participate in the 1979 Cricket World Cup.
  Qualified as full member of ICC
  Qualified via 1979 ICC Trophy
  Failed to qualify

Eight teams qualified for the final tournament. Sri Lanka and Canada were the only two teams without Test status and qualified for the tournament by reaching the final of the 1979 ICC Trophy.[1] East Africa, who played in the first World Cup, did not qualify this time, which meant there would be no nation from the African region participating in the 1979 World Cup.

Team Method of qualification Finals appearances Last appearance Previous best performance Group
  England Hosts 2nd 1975 Semi-finals (1975) A
  India Full member 2nd 1975 Group stage (1975) B
  Australia 2nd 1975 Runners-up (1975) A
  Pakistan 2nd 1975 Group stage (1975) A
  West Indies 2nd 1975 Champions (1975) B
  New Zealand 2nd 1975 Semi-finals (1975) B
  Sri Lanka 1979 ICC Trophy winner 2nd 1975 Group stage (1975) B
  Canada 1979 ICC Trophy runner-up 1st Debut A

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L NR RR Pts
  England 3 3 0 0 3.07 12
  Pakistan 3 2 1 0 3.60 8
  Australia 3 1 2 0 3.16 4
  Canada 3 0 3 0 1.60 0
9 June 1979
Scorecard
Australia  
159/9 (60 overs)
v
  England
160/4 (47.1 overs)

9 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada  
139/9 (60 overs)
v
  Pakistan
140/2 (40.1 overs)

14 June 1979
Scorecard
Pakistan  
286/7 (60 overs)
v
  Australia
197 (57.1 overs)

14 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada  
45 (40.3 overs)
v
  England
46/2 (13.5 overs)

16 June 1979
Scorecard
Canada  
105 (33.2 overs)
v
  Australia
106/3 (26 overs)

16 June 1979
Scorecard
England  
165/9 (60 overs)
v
  Pakistan
151 (56 overs)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L NR RR Pts
  West Indies 3 2 0 1 3.93 10
  New Zealand 3 2 1 0 3.55 8
  Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1 3.56 6
  India 3 0 3 0 3.13 0
9 June 1979
Scorecard
India  
190 (53.1 overs)
v
  West Indies
194/1 (51.3 overs)

9 June 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
189 (56.5 overs)
v
  New Zealand
190/1 (47.4 overs)


13 June 1979
Scorecard
India  
182 (55.5 overs)
v
  New Zealand
183/2 (57 overs)

18 June 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
238/5 (60 overs)
v
  India
191 (54.1 overs)

16 June 1979
Scorecard
West Indies  
244/7 (60 overs)
v
  New Zealand
212/9 (60 overs)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
20 June – Old Trafford, Manchester
 
 
  England221/8
 
23 June – Lord's, London
 
  New Zealand212/9
 
  England194
 
20 June – The Oval, London
 
  West Indies286/9
 
  West Indies293/6
 
 
  Pakistan250
 

Semi-finalsEdit

In a very close semi-final 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 out for 250 in 56.2 overs in the high-scoring semi-final, sending the West Indies to the final.

20 June 1979
Scorecard
West Indies  
293/6 (60 overs)
v
  Pakistan
250 (56.2 overs)

20 June 1979
Scorecard
England  
221/8 (60 overs)
v
  New Zealand
212/9 (60 overs)

FinalEdit

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 (51 overs)

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ICC Trophy 1979 - background". espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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