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1983 India sensationally won the limited-overs World Prudential Cup cricket tournament when they pulled off a 43-run victory against all the odds over mighty reigning champions West Indies in the final at the Lord’s cricket ground in London. Rank outsiders India were dismissed for a modest 183 in 54.4 of their 60 stipulated overs after being put in on a good batting pitch, but triumphed in their first-ever final by skittling West Indies for 140 with eight overs remaining. India, who had beaten the West Indies in their opening group match, rocked the holders when they fired out the first six batsmen for 76 runs, with five of the wickets crashing for just 26 runs in 15 overs. West Indies’ astonishing decline which reduced them to 126 for nine in the 45th over was completed when Man-of-the-Match Amarnath had Michael Holding lbw to end a last wicket stand with Joel Garner which delayed the end by a further seven overs.

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