On This Day in 1975: Clive Lloyd Led West Indies Won First Edition of Cricket World Cup

The first major tournament in the history of One Day International Cricket, the Men’s ODI World Cup in 1975, saw the dominance of the mighty West Indies. Led by Clive Lloyd, West Indies started the match as the favourites.

It was the second time that the West Indies and Australia had met in the Tournament after playing against each other in the group stage.

Australia won the toss and invited the West Indies to bat first. They scored 291 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 60 overs. In reply, Australia was bowled out for 274 in 58.4 overs. Accordingly, The West Indies won the match by 17 runs to claim the first title.

West Indies captain Clive Lloyd’s all-around performance was instrumental in winning the World Cup. He scored 105 off 85 balls and took one wicket for 38 runs. So he was also awarded man of the match.

Clive Lloyd and West Indies players went undefeated in the knockout round, and they defeated New Zealand and went to the final. In another knockout match, Ian Chappell’s Australia beat England.

The move paid off as they slid to 50 for 3. Then Clive Lloyd loped out to join Rohan Kanhai. What followed was absolutely riveting as Lloyd took the attack on Australia’s fast bowlers with elegant brutality.

Lloyd built the West Indies innings with a century before Gary Gilmour chased him down for 102 runs. He added two sixes and 12 fours to his innings.

Boyce and Bernard Julian finally added 52 decisive runs in the match, which greatly changed the outcome of the match.

Chasing a mammoth target of 292, Australia got off to a good start and their score was 80 for one in 20 overs. While Chappell and Alan Turner were taking advantage of an easy pitch and fast outfield.

But the West Indies brought a few run out back into the game, including Chappell.

Viv Richards, who had struggled with the bat but left his mark on the match with the next three run-outs. First, he swooped in and dismissed Turner with a direct hit from close range, then Greg Chappell was also out with a direct hit after a slight misfield. When Chappell, facing his opposing captain Clive Lloyd, pushed a ball to the left of mid-wicket and started off for a run.

He hesitated initially when he saw Richards approaching, but started off again after Richards fumbled the ball, only to be caught short of the crease by Richards’ lightning recovery and return to Lloyd at the bowler’s end

Keith Boyce’s pace, which then messed up the middle order, ruined Australia’s chase. The right-arm fast bowler took four wickets, including the great Rod Marsh, to restrict Australia to 274 in 59 overs.

1 thought on “On This Day in 1975: Clive Lloyd Led West Indies Won First Edition of Cricket World Cup”

  1. Take away r kanhai 55 …how useful will Boyce Julian 53 be …it was Rohan holding one end while his fellow Guyanese llyod ..do some brilliant work ..even Richards bit with other 2 mires played their part ..stop this one sided reporting..after all these years .. shameful..cricket is 11 plus umpires sometimes.. smart en up guys ..or can you ?


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