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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

1st Innings

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.

1983 Semi final scorecard- 1st innings

England Batting

BATSMAN RUNS  BALLS 4s 6s Strike-rate
Graeme Fowler 33 59 3 0 55.93
Chris Tavare 32 51 4 0 62.74
David Gower 17 30 1 0 56.66
Allan Lamb 29 58 1 0 50.00
Mike Gatting 18 46 1 0 39.13
Ian Botham 6 26 0 0 23.07
Ian Gould 13 36 0 0 36.11
Vic Marks 8 18 0 0 44.44
Graham Dilley 20 26 2 0 76.92
Paul Allott 8 14 0 0 57.14
Bob Willis 0 2 0 0 0.00

Extras- 1 byes, 17 leg-byes, 4 no-balls and 7 wides

Total- 213

Indian Bowling

BOWLER OVERS RUNS MAIDENS ECONOMY WICKETS
Kapil Dev 11 35 1 3.18 3
Balwinder Sandhu 8 36 1 4.50 0
Roger Binny 12 43 1 3.58 2
Madan Lal 5 15 0 3.00 0
Kirti Azad 12 28 1 2.33 1
Mohinder Amarnath 12 27 1 2.25 2

2nd Innings

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.

Read more about : 1983 World Cup Final Scorecard

1983 Cricket World Cup Semi Final Scorecard

India Batting

BATSMAN RUNS BALLS 4S 6S STRIKE RATE
Sunil Gavaskar 25 41 3 0 60.97
Kris Srikkanth 19 44 3 0 43.18
Mohinder Amarnath 46 92 4 1 50.00
Yashpal Sharma 61 115 3 2 53.04
Sandeep Patil 51 32 8 0 159.37
Kapil Dev (c) 1 6 0 0 16.66

Extras- 5 byes, 6 leg-byes, 2 no-balls and 1 wide  

Total- 217/4

England bowling

BOWLER OVERS RUNS MAIDENS ECONOMY WICKETS
Bob Willis 10.4 42 2 3.93 1
Graham Dilley 11 43 0 3.90 0
Paul Allott 10 40 3 4.00 1
Ian Botham 11 40 4 3.63 1
Vic Marks 12 38 1 3.16 0

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.

Player of the Match- 

Mohinder Amarnath for his 46 runs and 2 wickets.

Read more: – 1983 World Cup Team India Squad: That Created History

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