Who would have predicted that: Javed Miandad wins it for Pakistan with last-ball six in 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final
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Javed Miandad still believes that his six against Chetan Sharma off the last ball was the single most important achievement of his professional career. The Pakistani batsman was gifted a diamond-plated bracelet worth $80,000, a Mercedes, a promotion at Habib Bank and the Pakistan President's Pride of Performance award after the six. If there had been cricket betting sites around at the time, they would certainly not have predicted a win off the last ball!
India 245/7 (50 overs) - Sunil Gavaskar 92 (134), Kris Srikkanth 75 (80); Wasim Akram 3/42 (10), Imran Khan 2/40 (10)
Pakistan 248/9 (50 overs) - Javed Miandad* 116 (114), Mohsin Khan 36 (53); Chetan Sharma 3/51 (9), Madan Lal 2/53 (10)
Result - Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
Pakistan had beaten Australia in the familiar conditions of Sharjah by 8 wickets and then brushed aside New Zealand by 10 wickets to make it to the final. India had not been that clinical and had reached the final with three-wicket victories against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
On the back of a 117-run partnership between openers Kris Srikkanth and Sunil Gavaskar, India began steadily. Dilip Vengsarkar also scored a half-century to take the team to 245 from 50 overs.
Fall of wickets: 1-117 (Kris Srikkanth), 2-216 (Dilip Vengsarkar), 3-216 (Kirti Azad), 4-229 (Kapil Dev), 5-242 (Chetan Sharma), 6-245 (Ravi Shastri), 7-245 (Sunil Gavaskar)
Chetan Sharma and Madan Lal started the proceedings well for India, reducing Pakistan to 39/2 when Javed Miandad arrived at the crease. The score soon read 61/3 and then 110/4. With 136 needed at a required rate of 6.28, Pakistan going at 4.92 and wickets tumbling periodically, it seemed a mammoth task.
Javed Miandad brought the equation down to 11 required off the last over. Pakistan needed four off the last ball and understandably, Indian captain Kapil Dev decided to push all the fielders to the boundary.
Miandad, realising that it would be an attempted yorker, stood well outside the crease and clubbed the full-toss over mid-wicket to take Pakistan to the historic victory.
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Mudassar Nazar), 2-39 (Ramiz Raja), 3-61 (Mohsin Khan), 4-110 (Saleem Malik), 5-181 (Abdul Qadir), 6-209 (Imran Khan), 7-215 (Manzoor Elahi), 8-236 (Wasim Akram), 9-241 (Zulqarnain)
India - Kris Srikkanth, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kirti Azad, Kapil Dev (c), Chetan Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Chandrakant Pandit (wk), Mohammad Azharuddin, Madan Lal, Maninder Singh
Pakistan - Mudassar Nazar, Mohsin Khan, Ramiz Raja, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Abdul Qadir, Imran Khan (c), Manzoor Elahi, Wasim Akram, Zulqarnain (wk), Tauseef Ahmed
Match: IND v PAK, Final, Austral-Asia Cup, 1986
Date: Friday, April 18, 1986
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: David Archer, Antonio Gaynor
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