In early 1983, the Indians were still feeling their way around in the world of limited overs cricket while the West Indies were the undisputed champions, having won the World Cup on both the occasions it had been held. In a few months they would commence the campaign to make it a hat trick of triumphs but before that they had to take care of the touring Indians in a three-match ODI series.
The contest started in predictable fashion with West Indies winning the first match at Port of Spain by 52 runs. Three weeks later the teams assembled at Berbice in Guyana for the second game. Clive Lloyd won the toss and, eager that his quartet of fast bowlers - Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and Winston Davis - bundle out the Indians, opted to field.
What followed was something that even the most enthusiastic Indian supporter could not have bargained for. Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri (30) led off with an opening partnership of 93. Gavaskar dominated the stand as also the second wicket association with Mohinder Amarnath (30) before he was second out at 152, his own score being 90.
This was a Gavaskar that the cricketing world had probably never seen for he batted merrily for just 117 deliveries and hit eight fours. Kapil Dev did the right thing by promoting himself in the batting order and smashed 72 off just 38 balls with seven fours and three sixes. The result of this onslaught meant that India could finish with 282 for five in 47 overs - the highest total by any country against the West Indies.
The batsmen had done more than their job. Now it was up to the bowlers to keep the star-studded West Indian line-up in check. When Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes fell with only 22 runs scored, it was an uphill task even for the West Indies. But Vivian Richards was still there and he was particularly severe on Madan Lal obtaining seven of his ten boundary hits off him. The stout-hearted bowler however came back strongly, dismissing not only Richards for 64 but also Lloyd for eight.
At 98 for four, defeat was inevitable but the West Indies were not prepared to go down without a fight. Faoud Bacchus and Jeff Dujon both made sparkling half centuries but Kapil Dev and Balwinder Sandhu kept a check on the scoring and as wickets fell at regular intervals with Shastri too chipping in it was fast becoming a hopeless cause. Ultimately West Indies finished with 255 for nine in 47 overs and India had registered their first-ever victory over the West Indies.