On 22nd June 1983, India faced off England in the 1st semi-final of the Prudential World Cup at Manchester. England had topped Group A and had won 5 of their 6 group games while India was 2nd in Group B and had won 4 of their 6 group games.
It was England who won the toss and elected to bat first. Playing XIs were as follows-
England- Bob Willis(c), Ian Botham, Graeme Fowler, Chris Tavare, David Gower, Allan Lamb, Mike Gatting, Ian Gould, Vic Marks, Graham Dilley, Paul Allott.
India- Kapil Dev(c), Mohinder Amarnath(vc), Sunil Gavaskar, Kris Srikkanth, Yashpal Sharma, Sandeep Patil, Madan Lal, Roger Binny, Kirti Azad, Syed Kirmani(wk), Balwinder Sandhu
England openers, Graeme Fowler and Chris Tavare were off to good starts and England was 69 for 0 and looked heavily in control of the game when Indian paceman Roger Binny struck twice to remove both openers, Fowler for 33 and Tavare for 32 and brought India straight back into the game.
From there, the wickets kept on falling for England at regular intervals and there was no big partnership. Amarnath got rid of David Gower and Mike Gatting for 17 and 18 runs respectively. Allan Lamb who was looking good was run out by Yashpal Sharma on 29 runs. Both Ian s, Botham and Gould also departed cheaply for 6 and 13 runs and England was 175 for 7.
Kapil Dev came into the attack and dismissed the tailenders Vic Marks and Paul Allott for 8 runs each and England captain Bob Willis for naught. Graham Dilley remained unbeaten on 20 taking England’s score to 213.
Extras- 1 byes, 17 leg-byes, 4 no-balls and 7 wides
Although 214 was not a very big target to chase, it can be very tricky in a pressure game like the semi-final. Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth started the innings steadily and got India the start they needed. After they were dismissed, the platform was set for the middle order.
Mohinder Amarnath and Yashpal Sharma kept the momentum going for India. They stitched together a 92-run stand to take India closer to victory. Yashpal Sharma smashed 61 runs including 3 fours and 2 sixes while Mohinder Amarnath scored 46 runs including 4 fours and 1 six.
Sandeep Patil, the aggressive middle-order batsman did the finishing job. His 51 runs off just 32 balls at a strike rate of 159.37 closed all doors for England and got India over the line comfortably.
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|Kapil Dev (c)||1||6||0||0||16.66|
Extras- 5 byes, 6 leg-byes, 2 no-balls and 1 wide
This was the World Cup 1983 semi final scorecard. India chased the target in 54.4 overs courtesy of Sandeep Patil’s quick 50 and won the game by 6 wickets and qualified for the final of the 1983 Prudential Cup to be held on June 25th at Lord’s, London.
Mohinder Amarnath for his 46 runs and 2 wickets.