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Tuesday, 10 December, 2002, 13:31 GMT

Windies snatch last-gasp win

Clive Lloyd swings the bat A look back at a classic match from the very first World Cup tournament.

The West Indies were the dominant team at the first two World Cups.

Clive Lloyd's side went 10 matches unbeaten from 1975 to 1983 - when they lost their first match to India.

That unbeaten run remains a World Cup record, but it could have been so different had they not sneaked an unlikely win in only their second match.

Playing Pakistan in Birmingham, Lloyd's men were all but down and out in what was to prove the best match of the tournament.

What made it number one with fans and critics alike was the manner of their victory, reaching the winning target of 267 having been 203 for nine.

The last-wicket partnership of 64 between Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts remains a record for Edgbaston.

And but for Joel Garner joining Roberts in a 71-run partnership in a losing cause in the 1983 defeat to India, it would remain a World Cup record.

But the fact that it was in a winning cause is what makes it so special.

Roberts was the junoir partner, coming out to join Murray in the 46th over.

Lloyd had scored a half-century earlier in the innings, but his fellow top-order batting legends had all endured relative failures by their own high standards.

Roy Fredericks, Rohan Kanhai and Alvin Kallicharran amassed a mere 52 runs between them and novice batsmen Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards made little impact.

Sarfaz Nawaz accounted for Greenidge and Kallicharran in a blistering opening spell in which he reduced West Indies to 36 for three.

The wickets continued to tumble until they reached 166 for eight and then 203 for nine when Sarfaz claimed his fourth victim of the innings.

Cue Murray and Roberts.

They worked the ball around the ground, playing with poise and purpose while still knocking the runs off at a good rate.

A famous win was secured after four balls of the final over with Murray finishing on 61 to eclipse Majid Khan as the highest scorer in the match by one run, with Roberts on 24.

West Indian dominance meant that Edgbaston was the only time Roberts was called out to the crease throughout the tournament.

Murray only reached the middle in one other match, the final, when he scored a valuable 14 off 10 balls.

Lloyd may have taken the honours and the plaudits in that match, but were it not for Roberts and Murray, he may never have got the chance.

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