The 1992 cricket World Cup was won by Pakistan, but the ‘Men In Green’ lost the clash against India. That match was memorable in many ways. It was the first time India and Pakistan faced each other in World Cup. Today, March 4, marks the 27 years of that India-Pakistan clash. Cricwizz takes a look at some of the finest moments from that World Cup match.
India win toss and chose to bat first
The 1992 World Cup was marred by rain. Every team looked to defend in that World Cup. India too did the same in the clash against Pakistan. Stakes were high on both sides. India were led by Mohammed Azharuddin while Pakistan were helmed by Imran Khan. India chose to bat first. A young Ajay Jadeja partnered an experienced Kris Srikkant to open the innings. India lost Srikkanth early for 5. Jadeja was going good at the other end and was anchoring the innings. Jadeja (46) posted 61-run stand for the second wicket with Azharuddin (32).
India suffer a mini-collapse
India were looking good for a big score of 230-240. But they suffered a mini-collapse, losing two wickets for 1 run in Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar. But a young Sachin Tendulkar, who used to bat in the middle-order then, came to India’s rescue. He along with veteran Kapil Dev posted a 60-run stand for the sixth wicket before the all-rounder fell for 26-ball 35 with 2 4s and 1 six.
Sachin scores a crucial fifty
While other Indian batsmen failed to make big of the good starts, Sachin held the fort and anchored India till the end of the innings with an unbeaten knock of 54 off 62 balls with 3 fours. His stand of 60 with Kapil turned out to be a match-winning partnership. India managed 216/7 in 50 overs. Mushtaq Ahmed was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with 3/59.
Kapil-Prabhakar give early breakthrough
The target of 217 was not huge and India needed a few early wickets. Kapil Dev dismissed opener Inzamam-ul-Haq for just 2 before Manoj Prabhakar dismissed Zahid Fazal for 2 to reduce Pakistan to 17/2. Pakistan were in trouble at that stage and needed someone to do the job for the team.
Aamer Sohail-Javed Miandad threaten to take the match away
Coming at 17/2, the two played sensible cricket to take Pakistan to 105. India started feeling the pressure. India have to do something quick. Azhar threw the ball to Sachin Tendulkar who was in the XI as the fifth bowler’s option. Sachin, who has the knack of breaking stands, lived up to his reputation. Sachin broke the stand, inducing a catch off Sohail’s bat to shift the momentum in India’s favour. The Pak opener fell for 62 off 95 balls with 6 fours.
The infamous Miandad jump
India had bounced back into the match and did not give an inch to Pakistan batsmen. It left them frustrated. Miandad was the lone man standing for Pakistan and was getting irritated with constant appealing from keeper Kiran More behind the stumps. He confronted More and jumped in the air a few times to imitate the keeper. Miandad’s jump is part of cricketing folklore and India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry
With the asking rate climbing up, Pakistan then committed harakiri and were bowled out for 173 to lose the match by 43 runs. Miandad ended up with 40 off 110 balls with 2 fours. He was dismissed bowled by Srinath.
Sachin named the man of the match
Deservedly, Sachin was named the man of the match for his 54* and 1/37 in 10 overs, including the wicket of Aamer Sohail. Since then. India have played Pakistan 5 times in 50-overs World Cup, winning all of them.