The first Cricket World Cup final was staged at the greatest and perhaps the most revered Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on June 21. The match consisted of 60 six-ball overs per team and was played between Australia and West Indies. Australia won the toss and invited Windies to bat. The Caribbeans struggled as paceman Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee swing into action. The game was completely in favour of Australia as Gary Gilmour joined the whirlwind with his spins.
At 50 for 3, captain Clive Lloyd joined Rohan Kanhai and there was no looking back for the team. From 85 balls Lloyd scored 102 runs, including 12 fours and 2 sixes, to end the innings with a formidable total of 291 on score board. Australia’s Gary Gilmour had bagged five wickets for 48 runs. The Aussies batting side had a galaxy of stars but the trouble began as Kallicharan took Rick McCosker at 25 in the slips off Keith Boyce. Boyce took four scalps as the Windies won the match by 17 runs to become the first ever World Champions in cricket. As Caribbeans dominated the field Australians ran out of steam and gave up five run-outs which became crucial in the game.
Captain Ian Chappell who bagged 62 runs was the top scorer in Australian team. Aussies score board lost its shine except for Alan Turner, who took advantage of the pitch to score 50 runs, and Dough Walters, who helped captain to steady the ship with 35 runs. Thus, Caribbeans won the first ever Cricket World Cup and Clive Lloyd, who shined with a century and a wicket, was chosen the best performer at Lord’s.