When 'Haryana Hurricane' mopped Zimbabwe away

When 'Haryana Hurricane' mopped Zimbabwe away

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When 'Haryana Hurricane' mopped Zimbabwe away

Even before Indian skipper Kapil Dev pulled off a game-changing catch of Viv Richards in the final of the 1983 World Cup, he had scripted a masterful innings that kept India afloat in the 1983 World Cup.

In their penultimate league match, India were up against Duncan Fletcher-led Zimbabwe, whom they had already beaten once comfortably by five wickets earlier in the tournament. But India needed to win this match to make their semifinal hopes stronger.

India's decision to bat first turned out to be a disaster as their batsmen kept tumbling like a pack of cards. They were reduced to nine for four when Kapil walked in and the misery continued as they were soon reeling at 77 for six.

At this dismal situation, Kapil began a single-handed assault over the Zimbabwe bowlers and bailed out his team. Making use of the short boundary, Kapil displayed his prowess for big shots, slamming the Zimbabwe bowlers around the park. Kapil's innings was all about clean hitting and the all-rounder reached his century in 72 balls.

The onslaught did not stop after the three-figure mark and Zimbabwe pacers- Peter Robson and Kevin Curran who did well earlier in the match, came back in the second spell only to see see their figures get ruined.

The then 24-year old Kapil remained unbeaten on 175, which came off 138 balls, including 16 fours and six maximums. India wouldn't forget the small but key contributions made by Madan Lal (17) and Kirmani (24), who showed good resistance and gave most of the strike to Kapil. India made a healthy 266 and went on to win the match by 31 runs.