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1980–81 Australia Tri-Nation Series

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1980–81 World Series
Date23 November 1980 – 3 February 1981
LocationAustralia
ResultWon by  Australia
3–1 in final series
Teams
 Australia  India  New Zealand
Captains
Greg Chappell Sunil Gavaskar Geoff Howarth
Most runs
Greg Chappell (686) Dilip Vengsarkar (221) John Wright (511)
Most wickets
Dennis Lillee (25) Dilip Doshi (15) Martin Snedden (17)

The 1980–81 Australia Tri-Nation Series (more commonly known as the 1980–81 World Series) was a cricket tournament held in Australia from 23 November 1980 to 3 February 1981. It was the second edition of the Australian Tri-Series, with Australia playing host to India and New Zealand. The series was a part of the Indian and New Zealand tours.

After matches were played in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth throughout the entire group-stage, Australia and New Zealand qualified for the finals where after the underarm incident in the third final, Australia went on to win 3–1.

Points Table

Team P W L T NR Pts RR
 Australia 10 6 3 0 1 13 4.259
 New Zealand 10 5 4 0 1 11 4.109
 India 10 3 7 0 0 6 3.947


Fixtures

23 November 1980
Scorecard
Australia 
217/9 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
219/7 (49.1 overs)
John Dyson 69 (120)
Ewen Chatfield 5/34 (10 overs)
John Wright 60 (128)
Dennis Lillee 3/40 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 3 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Peter Cronin (Aus)
Player of the match: Ewen Chatfield (NZ)

25 November 1980
Scorecard
Australia 
289/3 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
195 (42.5 overs)
Greg Chappell 138* (109)
Paul McEwan 1/51 (10 overs)
Geoff Howarth 46 (76)
Len Pascoe 5/30 (7.5 overs)
Australia won by 94 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Robin Bailhache (Aus) and Mel Johnson (Aus)
Player of the match: Greg Chappell (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Ian Smith (NZ) made his ODI debut.

6 December 1980
Scorecard
India 
208/9 (49 overs)
v
 Australia
142 (42.1 overs)
Sandeep Patil 64 (70)
Dennis Lillee 2/22 (7 overs)
Kim Hughes 35 (53)
Dilip Doshi 3/32 (10 overs)
India won by 66 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Max O'Connell (Aus) and Rex Whitehead (Aus)
Player of the match: Sandeep Patil (Ind)

7 December 1980
Scorecard
New Zealand 
156 (49.5 overs)
v
 Australia
159/6 (47.2 overs)
John Wright 57 (119)
Len Pascoe 4/37 (9.5 overs)
Greg Chappell 48 (70)
Stephen Boock 2/30 (10 overs)
Australia won by 4 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Robin Bailhache (Aus)
Player of the match: Allan Border (Aus)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

9 December 1980
Scorecard
India 
162 (47.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
157 (49.5 overs)
Sandeep Patil 39 (73)
Richard Hadlee 5/32 (9 overs)
Paul McEwan 41 (76)
Roger Binny 4/41 (9.5 overs)
India won by 5 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Donald Weser (Aus)
Player of the match: Richard Hadlee (NZ)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

18 December 1980 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
180/9 (49 overs)
v
 Australia
183/1 (42.2 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 43 (80)
Shaun Graf 2/23 (10 overs)
Allan Border 105* (122)
Kapil Dev 1/27 (8 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Rex Whitehead (Aus)
Player of the match: Allan Border (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

21 December 1980
Scorecard
India 
204 (48.5 overs)
v
 New Zealand
205/7 (48.4 overs)
Kapil Dev 75 (51)
Gary Troup 4/19 (9 overs)
Jeremy Coney 47* (52)
Dilip Doshi 4/30 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 3 wickets
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Mel Johnson (Aus)
Player of the match: Kapil Dev (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Yograj Singh (Ind) made his ODI debut.

23 December 1980
Scorecard
India 
230/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
224 (49.3 overs)
Yashpal Sharma 72 (105)
Martin Snedden 3/30 (10 overs)
Jeremy Coney 49* (63)
Dilip Doshi 2/34 (10 overs)
Kapil Dev 2/34 (9.3 overs)
India won by 6 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Max O'Connell (Aus)
Player of the match: Yashpal Sharma (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

8 January 1981
Scorecard
India 
63 (25.5 overs)
v
 Australia
64/1 (21 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 23 (22)
Greg Chappell 5/15 (9.5 overs)
Greg Chappell 33* (48)
Kapil Dev 1/15 (9 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Max O'Connell (Aus) and Donald Weser (Aus)
Player of the match: Greg Chappell (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

10 January 1981
Scorecard
India 
112/9 (34 overs)
v
 New Zealand
113/0 (29 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 33 (52)
Martin Snedden 2/16 (5 overs)
Bruce Edgar 65* (89)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Robin Bailhache (Aus) and Rex Whitehead (Aus)
Player of the match: Bruce Edgar (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • Match was reduced to 34 overs per side due to rain.

11 January 1981
Scorecard
India 
192/5 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
193/3 (47.2 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 80 (142)
Greg Chappell 2/23 (10 overs)
Graeme Wood 98* (155)
Dilip Doshi 1/38 (10 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Peter Cronin (Aus)
Player of the match: Graeme Wood (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

13 January 1981
Scorecard
New Zealand 
220/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
219/7 (50 overs)
John Wright 78 (135)
Len Pascoe 3/37 (10 overs)
Doug Walters 50* (72)
Ewen Chatfield 1/26 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 1 run
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Donald Weser (Aus) and Mel Johnson (Aus)
Player of the match: John Wright (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

15 January 1981
Scorecard
Australia 
242/8 (50 overs)
v
 India
215/8 (50 overs)
Allan Border 85 (131)
Sandeep Patil 2/34 (10 overs)
Dilip Vengsarkar 52 (74)
Dennis Lillee 4/32 (10 overs)
Australia won by 27 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Donald Weser (Aus) and Rex Whitehead (Aus)
Player of the match: Allan Border (Aus)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

18 January 1981
Scorecard
New Zealand 
242/9 (50 overs)
v
 India
220 (48.1 overs)
Jeremy Coney 49 (58)
Kapil Dev 3/37 (10 overs)
Dilip Vengsarkar 66 (77)
Jeremy Coney 3/28 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 22 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Peter Cronin (Aus) and Mel Johnson (Aus)
Player of the match: Jeremy Coney (NZ)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

21 January 1981
Scorecard
Australia 
180 (43.1 overs)
v
 New Zealand
23/1 (8 overs)
Greg Chappell 74 (80)
Paul McEwan 2/29 (5 overs)
John Wright 8 (33)
Greg Chappell 1/1 (1 over)
No result
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Max O'Connell (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain during New Zealand's innings prevented any further play.

Final series

1st Final

29 January 1981 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
233/6 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
155 (39.3 overs)
John Wright 81 (111)
Dennis Lillee 2/47 (10 overs)
Allan Border 55 (74)
Richard Hadlee 5/26 (8.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 78 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Robin Bailhache (Aus) and Mel Johnson (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • Martin Kent (Aus) made his ODI debut.

2nd Final

31 January 1981
Scorecard
New Zealand 
126 (46.4 overs)
v
 Australia
130/3 (39.3 overs)
Bruce Edgar 28 (56)
Graeme Beard 2/20 (8.4 overs)
Greg Chappell 58* (87)
Geoff Howarth 1/13 (4 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Dick French (Aus) and Donald Weser (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • Graeme Beard (Aus) made his ODI debut.

3rd Final

1 February 1981
Scorecard
Australia 
235/4 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
229/8 (50 overs)
Greg Chappell 90 (122)
Martin Snedden 2/52 (10 overs)
Bruce Edgar 102* (141)
Greg Chappell 3/43 (10 overs)
Australia won by 6 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Peter Cronin (Aus) and Donald Weser (Aus)

4th Final

3 February 1981 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
215/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
218/4 (47.4 overs)
John Wright 57 (88)
Dennis Lillee 3/27 (10 overs)
Greg Chappell 87 (102)
Martin Snedden 3/27 (9 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Robin Bailhache (Aus)
Player of the match: Greg Chappell (Aus)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • With the result of this match, Australia won the 1980-81 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

References

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