On This Day, January 13 1979: G Viswanath's Splendid Hundred Defines the Series For India

India vs West Indies, Fourth Check, Chennai, January 12-16, 1979: Sunil Gavaskar was captaining India in opposition to a Packer-hit West Indian staff led by Alvin Kallicharran. The collection was tied at 0-Zero after the primary three Exams. Chennai was internet hosting the fourth Check of the six-match collection. West Indies elected to bat first. It was a solo efficiency from the captain as everybody fell like ninepins round him. Other than Kallicharran’s 98 off 155 deliveries, there was no different important contribution from the West Indian batting line-up. The guests had been bowled out for 228 with Kapil Dev choosing Four wickets.

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In what was nearly a mirror reply by India, Gundappa Viswanath produced a masterclass 124 hammering 17 fours with nearly no substantial contribution from some other Indian batsman. The second highest scorer of the innings had been ‘Extras’ with 43! Syed Kirmani made 33 and solely two different batsmen registered scores in double-digits. Nevertheless, India nonetheless managed to take a slender lead and scored 255 within the first innings. Viswanath had contributed nearly 50% of the staff’s runs.

He brilliantly absorbed the stress of wickets falling round him and nonetheless saved the scoreboard ticking. Viswanath got here out to bat at 11 for two and cast significant partnerships with Chetan Chauhan, Anshuman Gaekwad and Syed Kirmani. He was the final man to be dismissed for India. Viswanath saved the innings collectively and if not for his knock India would have struggled to cross 100. He combined warning with aggression respecting the great deliveries however punishing the unhealthy ones placing them away to the boundary.

Larry Gomes then produced the third solo efficiency of the match with a positive 91 within the second innings. West Indies had folded for simply 151. Kapil Dev picked three wickets once more whereas Venkataraghavan bagged 4. Karsan Ghavri additionally chipped in with Three wickets.

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Viswanath once more top-scored, underneath stress within the second innings, with a positive 31. India, chasing 125, had been diminished to 17 for 3, however Viswanath and Gaekwad steadied the ship with a gritty partnership. Kapil Dev scored an unbeaten 26 as India recorded a nail-biting win with three wickets in hand.

India had taken a 1-Zero lead within the six-match collection courtesy the luxurious batting effort of Gundappa Viswanath.

The fifth and sixth Exams in Delhi and Kanpur led to attracts which meant that Chennai was the one outcome Check of the collection. Viswanath had produced a series-defining efficiency in Chennai which gave India their first collection win at residence in opposition to the West Indies.


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