The 1979 World Cup was the second Cricket World Cup (called the Prudential Cup), held in England between June 9 to June 23, 1979. The final was played at the Lord's cricket ground in London between the West Indies and England. The West Indies won by 92 runs (they has also won the inaugural tournament in 1975). The West Indies batted first and made 286 runs in 60 overs at a loss of 9 wickets. In reply, England made 194 runs before being all out after 51 overs. New Zealand and Pakistan were the other semifinalists.
- The format of games was the same as in the 1975 World Cup (preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 team, with the top two teams in each group playing the semifinals, and the winners of these playing the final).
- Sri Lanka and Canada were the only two teams without Test status which qualified for the tournament. East Africa, who played in the first World Cup, did not qualify this time.
- The West Indies were pre-tournament favorites, captained by Clive Lloyd.
- There were 8 participating countries:
- This tournament saw the introduction of the ICC Trophy, a competition used to determine which non-Test playing teams qualified for the World Cup.