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1979 Cricket World cup: History and facts

by on February 12, 2011
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World Cup 1979

1979 Cricket World Cup was played in England. It was a limited overs (60 overs per innings) tournament. The second world cup cricket 1979 was also won by West Indies. Vivian Richards was the man of the match in the final. Meyer and Bird were the final match umpires. The total attendance of this tournament was 138,000 which was lower than the first world cup.

Best Batting performance of 1979 world cup:

West Indies scored 293 runs while setting a target against Pakistan while the highest successful chase was of 194 runs, again by West Indies cricket team. Generally 1979 cricket world cup was a low scoring tournament. Vivian Richards scored 138* which was highest individual score. The highest scorer of the tournament was CG Greenidge who scored 253 in total.

Maximum boundaries and centuries in world cup cricket 1979:

Vivian Richards hit maximum sixes and Graham Gooch scored maximum fours in this tournament. CG Greenidge of West Indies scored maximum hundreds in this tournament, a record he shared with Richards. Greenidge scored 2 half centuries as well.

Bowling records of Cricket world cup 1979:

English Fast bowler Hendrick took 10 wickets to set the record. AG Hurst the Australian fast bowler took 5 wickets in a match. RG Callender got two ducks. He was representing Canadian cricket team.

Catches and wicket keeping records of Cricket world cup 1979:

DL Murray of the West Indies and Wasim Bari of Pakistan dismissed 7 batsmen as wicket keepers to share this record. Asif Iqbal took for catches to set the record.

Highest scoring match  and best partnership of 1979 world cup cricket:

543 runs were scored in the match between Pakistan and West Indies. 19 wickets were taken in the match between West Indies and England which was also a record. Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas scored highest batting partnership of the World Cup tournament which was 166 runs. This partnership was for 2nd wicket.

Interesting matches of 1979 Cricket world cup:

West Indies defeated England by 92 runs. West Indies defeated India with a 9 wickets margin. Both of these are maximum margin defeats record for 1979 cricket world cup.

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