ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1979 Highest Total

Let’s take a look at ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1979 highest total. The five highest team totals from the 1979 Cricket World Cup when batting first are presented to you today. Unlike the 1975 edition, no team reached or exceeded 300 runs throughout this series. 

Most of the games had low scoring totals, and a handful of the teams were held to less than 100 runs. However, some outstanding batsmen helped their teams to substantial totals that ultimately led to victories. Here are the top 5 team totals from the 1979 Cricket World Cup.

West Indies vs Pakistan 293/6 

At the Oval, the West Indies and Pakistan sides squared off in the 1979 Cricket World Cup’s second semi final. Pakistan was participating in the knockout stage for the first time, while the Caribbean team was defending its 1975 championship. 

The West Indies team batted first and put up a commanding 293 run total on the scoreboard. The outstanding opening combination of 132 runs between Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes set up their innings perfectly.

The Caribbean innings was then advanced by the middle order batsmen Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, and Collis King thanks to their significant efforts. The Pakistanis, who were excellently positioned in the chase at 176/1, then got lost. 

 Australia vs Pakistan 286/7

In every area, the Pakistani team was significantly better for the 1979 Cricket World Cup. At Trent Bridge, they met the Australians. The Pakistani batters put up a master class while choosing to bat first. With excellent contributions from all top-order batsmen, the squad scored 286 runs. Asif Iqbal, the captain, scored the most runs, 61, off just 57 balls. The Pakistani bowlers had a fairly substantial total to defend.

The Australian batsmen experienced pressure from the scoreboard as soon as their inning began. They were all out for 197 runs, giving Pakistan an 86-run victory in the game. The Pakistani bowling was headed by Majid Khan and Sikander Bakht, who both took three Australian wickets. 

West Indies vs England 286/9

The defending champion West Indies faced the host nation England in the 1979 cricket world cup final. The English team had strong home support and exuded confidence. 

This conviction was reinforced when the top four Caribbean batsmen were struck out by English bowlers with a combined score of under 100. After that, Vivian Richards and Collis King put on an outstanding performance to lead their team to a very impressive total of 286 runs. Richards finishes the game with 138 runs and an undefeated record.

In response, the home team was all out for 184 runs despite having a sizable opening partnership of 129 runs.

West Indies vs Pakistan (250)

The Pakistani squad needed to outscore the powerful West Indies team by 287 runs in order to defeat them in the first semi-final game at the Oval cricket stadium. With 166 runs put up for the second wicket by Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas, they got off to a great start. Before faltering, Pakistan was cruising along at 176 for the loss of just one wicket.

A couple fast strikes from Collin Croft resulted in the loss of 5 Pakistani wickets. After 250 runs, the crew was finally exhausted. The West Indian bowling assault was of too high a calibre to be dominated for an extended period of time, despite the Pakistanis’ impressive fighting spirit.

New Zealand vs West Indies 244/7

The final league game of Group B took place at Trent Bridge between the Caribbean and Kiwi sides. Both of them had already earned spots in the elimination round. The first team to bat was the West Indies, who scored 244 runs. Gordon Greenidge, their opener, led their batting with 65 runs, and captain Clive Lloyd made an unbroken 73 runs off 80 balls.

Later, the Caribbean bowlers held New Zealand to 212 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in order to defend the target. With three Kiwi wickets under his belt, including their star batsman Glenn Turner, Andy Roberts headed the West Indies bowling attack.

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