23 August 2010
Six months to go - Pakistan classic CWC matches
Here we look back at five memorable CWC matches involving Pakistan
Wasim Akram of Pakistan celebrates after their victory in the World Cup final against England.
Pakistan get its ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament underway on February 23 against Kenya in Hambantota.
Having made early exits in 2003 and 2007, they will be looking to call on earlier glories next time round.
Here we look back at five memorable CWC matches involving Pakistan.
Zaheer the hero
Pakistan achieved a tense 11-run win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 1983, in what was effectively a knockout match ? despite being each team's final group fixture ? with victory for either securing a semi-final place. Zaheer Abbas scored a masterful 103 while Imran Khan added a crucial late burst with 79 off 74 balls. Chasing an imposing 262, New Zealand seemed out of the game at 152-7 before Jeremy Coney led the Kiwi tail in a late fightback. Needing 13 off the final over, Coney was last man out, attempting a second run, to send Pakistan through to the semi-finals for the first time.
Pakistan eased through their group on home soil in 1987 but the most memorable game in their section was a fiercely-contested one-wicket triumph over the West Indies in Lahore. Imran Khan led from the front once more as his 4-37, backed up by Saleem Jaffar's 3-30, dismissed the opposition for 216. From a parlous position of 110-5 it seemed that Saleem Yousuf and Imran Khan would steer the hosts to another win during a stand of 73. Imran's fall then triggered the loss of four wickets for 20 runs, leaving the last-wicket pair to make another 14 off Courtney Walsh's final over. Abdul Qadir's six off the fourth ball proved the signature stroke as the two needed from the final ball were duly achieved by Qadir and Jaffar.
Inzamam steals the show
After two successive ICC CWC defeats in the semi-final, Pakistan made it third time lucky in 1992 as Inzamam-ul-Haq came of age during their classic encounter with New Zealand in Auckland.
Chasing a formidable 262 from 50 overs, the team from the sub-continent were behind the rate for much of their pursuit. Inzamam (60 off 37 balls) and Moin Khan (20 off 11 balls) then produced an explosive display of hitting to see their team home with an over to spare.
Pakistan's crowning ICC CWC glory came in 1992 when they defeated England in the final at Melbourne.
Following on from his semi-final heroics, Inzamam-ul-Haq again gave his team's innings the necessary impetus with 42 off 35 balls on the way to 249-6. The hugely experienced pair of skipper Imran Khan (72) and star batsman Javed Miandad (58) had earlier set the platform in a stand of 139 for the third over. England's reponse lay in the balance on 141-4 before Wasim Akram removed Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis off consecutive deliveries to go a long way to sealing a 22-run win.
Pacemen shatter Australia
Pakistan's CWC 1999 ultimately ended with an emphatic defeat at the hands of Australia in the final. Earlier on the competition, however, Pakistan had proved a more than able opponent for the eventual winners. Inzamam once more played a vital role with 81 in Pakistan's 275-8 at Headingley, adding 118 for the fourth-wicket with Abdul Razzaq (60). Australia were well set to reach their target until Shoaib Akhtar got through the defences of Steve Waugh to trigger the loss of the last five wickets for 27. Wasim Akram claimed his fourth wicket off the penultimate ball to finish off a 10-run win.
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