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5 major turning points of historic 1992 World Cup Final
1992 WorldCup

5 major turning points of historic 1992 World Cup Final

Javed Miandad's crucial knock

Chris Lewis no-ball in the fourth over gave a reprieve to Ramiz Raja but he couldn't feast on the error and, the wiry bowler, Pringle got him trapped lbw inside the first ten overs. Aamir Sohail's misery came to an end after he consumed 19 deliveries for a meagre four runs and so both openers left considerable work for the middle order.

Derek Pringle was just too good on that day and was unplayable with the new ball in his hand. He got marked lateral movement and returned fantastic figures of 3/22.

Javed Miandad came in the ninth over and batted till the 40th. The legendary batsman settled the nerves in the dug-out and did what he did best, rotated the strike magnificently especially when the field spread out. He began to cut loose after 30 overs and worked his way smartly to a crucial half-century - his fifth in that unforgettable World Cup.

England pacers lost a bit of discipline midway through the innings and a couple of fumbles and half-volleys helped the partnership between Imran Khan and Javed Miandad to blossom. His 58 off 98 provided the much-needed impetus in the high-voltage affair.

Imran Khan's valiant captain knock

Imran Khan stepped up to the plate and took 88 deliveries to thump a much-needed fifty. Imran alongside Javed took Pakistan out of trouble after an early hiccup.

Imran played many powerful shots down the ground and bisected mid-on and mid-off with precision. One fine example of a meaty blow down the ground was when he danced down the pitch and drilled a full-length delivery from Ian Botham right into the fence during the 18th over.

Imran holed out to long-on later, miscued a skier and Botham got the prized scalp; Richard Illingworth reversed cupped a regulation catch to send the captain back in the dressing room.

Later on, the tactician, chipped in with two wickets while defending a total that proved to be an impregnable one and the last few wickets were simply a cherry on the top for the then 40-year-old.

Inzamam and Wasim didn't let the train derail

Struggling with fever and without wearing a mask and even a helmet, Inzamam-ul-Haq inarguably played one of the most important innings of his life.

Young Inzamam, new to the international circuit, played cheeky deft touches behind square and manoeuvred the ball into the gaps really well, languidly moving into the 40s.

He was helped by England pacers who often erred in their lines and Inzamam was happy to execute effortless leg-glances. He had to do the grinding work and the big unit was complemented tremendously by Wasim Akram whose wonderful quickfire cameo (33 off 18 balls) in which he slammed four fours helped propel the score to 249 - which proved to be defendable total on a track that had plenty of assistance for quicks and something for Mushtaq Ahmed to smile about.

Mushtaq Ahmed timely wickets

A delicious googly pegged Graeme Hick back in his crease and he got the plumbest of lbws in the 19th over. It was a brute of a wrong un' that a leggie can only pull off after years and years of practice in mastering the art.

Thereon, the entire team went berserk when Graham Gooch, who formed the spine of England's batting, miscued a sweep shot and handed a running catch to Aqib Javed who charged in from the deep square, timed the dive well and pouched it comfortably and he was embraced by the entire team who was outpouring with euphoria.

Gooch left his team reeling after getting dismissed on 29 and he scored these runs at a snail speed. Mushtaq, in his second spell, repaid the faith of his captain again as Dermot Reeve spooned a mistimed dab to Ramiz at cover as he ran back and took a sprawling catch. Thereafter, Pakistan was just a touching distance away of a historic win.

Wasim Akram's stupendous spell of swing bowling

In front of a jam-packed crowd (87,182 fans), Wasim Akram - the aberration - was able to strut his stuff on the big stage and he trampled over the English batsmen. He tempted Ian Botham to err against the new ball as he didn't pick the line, ended up poking with a searing delivery that nibbled away in the corridor and Ian gingerly left the hanging willow, nicked it through to Moin Khan and departed without troubling the scorers.

After that in the 35th over, Wasim outfoxed Allan Lamb off a jaffa that pitched on a shorter length, drew him forward, he wasn't behind the line and the ball jagged away late, rattled the off stump. 

On the very next delivery, Chris Lewis had absolutely no clue what was going on. The helpless batter got flummoxed by the big banana swing and he ended up chopping it back onto the stumps. Wasim was in seventh heaven and from thereon, England were just delaying the inevitable and the match was only heading one way because the memorable spell took the wind out of England's sails.