India vs West Indies

At Calcutta, November 27 (Day/Night). India won by 102 runs. Toss: West Indies.

A crowd of around 100,000 looked on in delight as the West Indies batting collapsed. Lost nine wickets at 57 to 66 for one, and were all out with about ten overs to spare. Kumble hit the last six for four runs off 26 balls. His figures of six for 12 were India’s best in ODIs. One of their catches was ruled doubtful by Holder after being bowled out by a TV umpire. In principle, Shekhar Chaudhary’s decisions were limited to line decisions, but umpires Robinson and Liebenberg sought advice because they were unsure whether the ball had gone off the wicketkeeper.

This was not West Indies’ only misfortune: during India’s innings, cardite from a firecracker entered Arthurton’s eye, forcing him to leave the field. But Richardson opted to bat second on a worn pitch, which had already been used in both semi-finals. India started well, with Kambli and Azharuddin adding 80 in 14 overs, before three wickets fell for 161 – including Kambli, run out when Ambrose kicked the ball to his own wicket. He scored only eight runs between the 37th and 43rd overs. But when the West Indies went so cheap, it didn’t matter.

Outstanding player of the game: Oh Kumble Man of the Series: M Azharuddin.

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