Imran arrived at the toss with Allan Border wearing a white t-shirt with a tiger printed on it. Ian Chappell, who was presiding over the toss, asked him what the significance of the t-shirt was. Imran’s response was: “I want my team today to play like a cornered tiger…when it is at its most dangerous”.
This answer has gone down in folklore as the Pakistan team just did that by winning four games on the trot and with that the trophy.
Standing at the toss today, Misbah-ul-Haq, would probably have been feeling similar to what Imran Khan did 23 years ago at Perth. He would have known the importance of this fixture and the significance that a victory over the Proteas would have on his team before taking on the Irish and a potential quarter-final thereafter.