March 25: The day Pakistan made history at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Men in Green lifted their first ICC World Cup trophy, defeating England by 22 runs


Murtaza Abbas March 25, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

With Pakistan ready to take on Australia today in what could be the Men in Green's final match in the ICC World T20 tournament, one needs to have faith in Afridi's men as today has the potential for being a miraculous day -- just like it did in 1992.

On this day in 1992, the Men in Green lifted their first ICC World Cup trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after defeating England by 22 runs and forever changing Pakistan’s cricketing history.

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Opting to bat first, Pakistan put up a total of 249 for six wickets in the epic final, with legendary skipper Imran Khan scoring 72 off 110 balls after wickets of openers Ramiz Raja and Aamir Sohail fell early on in the game.

Renowned batsman Javed Miandad joined the skipper on the pitch to put up a 139-run partnership for Pakistan, before Inzamamul Haq and Wasim Akram smashed a quick 42 and 33 respectively, enabling a target of 250-runs for England to chase.

In response, England batsmen failed to cope with Pakistani bowling attack, even though Neil Fairbrother and Allan Lamb did manage to scare the Men in Green after their 72-run partnership. Pace and Swing from Wasim Akram and Aqib Javed, coupled with spin from Mushtaq Ahmed were enough for the English batsmen to falter, allowing Pakistan to an easy victory in the World Cup final on March 25, 1992.

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Therefore, one can look at this day as an auspicious one for Pakistan cricket, as the team faces another test of their abilities against Australia in a do-or-die situation at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, India.

COMMENTS (4)

Gramscian | 5 years ago | Reply @Adnan Siddiqi: Because Nawaz was not the captain? Pathetic.
Zeeshan | 5 years ago | Reply He would have continued haunting you even without that one day!
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