1979: A story of Caribbean domination

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The 1979 edition of the World Cup saw Champions West Indies start as the favourites in a competition which offered more or less the same teams as its previous version. The only change being minnows East Africa, who did not win a single match in the 1975 World Cup being replaced by Canada which meant that no African nation had qualified for the event.<br><br> England and West Indies both enjoyed unbeaten runs to the Final and a keen contest was expected out of them. Having not chased a score in excess of 160 in the tournament, the batting line-up of England was virtually untested. <br><br>The England bowling, which prior to the match had only conceded at an average of 2.5 runs an over, failed to restrict the West Indies, which denied the hosts any chance of winning their first World Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)

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