ONLY A TRUE MAROON FAN WILL REMEMBER THESE TOP 5 CWC MOMENTS
Today marks the anniversary for the West Indies World Cup 1975 win for Clive Lloyd's team. Whether you were around at the time to witness history or not even born yet, here are 5 unforgettable West Indies World Cup wins only a TRUE #MaroonFan will remember. How many will you remember?
(1) West Indies vs Pakistan, 1975 World Cup, Birmingham, England. Result: West Indies won by one wicket.
Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts guided the West Indies to a remarkable victory over Pakistan in the eighth match of the first World Cup. Chasing a total of 267 for victory, the West Indies slumped to 203 for nine in the 46th over of the 60 overs-a-side contest. Murray scored 61 and Roberts made 24, sharing an unbroken, ninth-wicket partnership of 64 to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with two balls remaining.
(2) West Indies vs Australia, 1975 World Cup, The Oval, England. Result: West Indies won by seven wickets.
Alvin Kallicharran manhandled ace Australian fast bowler Denis Lillee in an attacking innings of 78 from 83 balls. The little left-hander struck 14 fours and a six. Shortly before his dismissal, Kallicharran scored 35 off 10 successive deliveries from Lillee, five of them were bouncers. He stuck the pacer for seven fours and a six. Chasing a total of 193, the West Indies scored 195 for three.
(3) West Indies vs Australia, 1975 World Cup, Lord’s, England. Result: West Indies won by 17 runs.
Led by their captain Clive Lloyd, who hammered 102 from 85 balls, and Rohan Kanhai with a solid 55, West Indies posted a total of 291 to set up a historic victory in the first-ever Final of the World Cup. The Caribbean side were struggling at 50 for three when Lloyd and Kanhai staged their recovery with a partnership of 144. Australia tried valiantly to win the match, but they were kept in check by the West Indies’ bowlers and outstanding fielding from Vivian Richards, as they were bowled out for 274. At 8:42 pm, Lloyd became the first captain ever to lift a Cricket World Cup, after it was handed to him by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
(4) West Indies vs Pakistan, 1979 World Cup, The Oval, England. Result: West Indies won by 43 runs.
Over 20,000 spectators saw the West Indies post 293, their highest total of the tournament, which was built on an opening partnership of 132 between Gordon Greenidge, who made 73, and Desmond Haynes with 65. Pakistan seemed to be heading toward an upset, semi-final victory over the defending champions, as Majid Khan hit 81 and Zaheer Abbas cracked 75, compiling a second-wicket partnership of 166. Their hopes were dashed by a decisive 12-ball spell from Colin Croft that accounted for Majid, Zaheer and Javed Miandad for a mere four runs.
(5) West Indies vs England, 1979 World Cup, Lord’s, England. Result: West Indies won by 92 runs.
Vivian Richards slammed 138 and Collis King smashed 86 and delighted a capacity crowd with a partnership of 139 from 126 balls, as West Indies posted 286 from their allocation of 60 overs. Mike Brearley gathered 64 and Geoff Boycott added 57 in an opening partnership of 129 for England, but their efforts were in vain. England’s last eight wickets fell in 26 balls, as Joel Garner, twice on a hat-trick, terminated the match with a spell of 5-4 in 11 balls.