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Who would have predicted that: Pakistan build on resurgence with shocking win over Kiwis in 1992 WC semis

Inzamam-Ul-Haq 60 off 37 balls for Pakistan

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


After a nightmarish start to their 1992 World Cup campaign, Pakistan seemed to be getting better with every game towards the business end of the tournament. They came into the semi-final against New Zealand with three wins in a row.


Pakistan had already beaten the Kiwis once in the tournament, though the Martin Crowe-led side were still favourites to triumph in Auckland and go through to the final.


Match Summary


New Zealand 262/7(50 Overs) - Martin Crowe 91 (83), Ken Rutherford 50 (68); Mushtaq Ahmed 2/40 (10), Wasim Akram 2/40 (10)


Pakistan 264/6(49 Overs) - Inzamam-Ul-Haq 60 (37), Javed Miandad 57* (69); Gavin Larsen 1/34 (10), Willie Watson 2/39 (10)


Result - Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)


The hosts New Zealand looked in excellent shape when they made 262 for seven, captain Martin Crowe leading the way with 91 from 83 deliveries. Ken Rutherford also contributed with a valuable half-century.


Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed proved to be the best bowlers for Pakistan, both ending with identical figures of 10-40-2.


 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Mark Greatbatch), 2-39 (John Wright), 3-87 (Andrew Jones), 4-194 (Ken Rutherford), 5-214 (Chris Harris), 6-221 (Martin Crowe), 7-244 (Dipak Patel)


Despite their skipper being unable to field due to injury, New Zealand looked in control going into the final 15 overs. But, requiring 123 at Eden Park, Pakistan found a new hero in 22-year-old Inzamam-ul-Haq.


Inzamam didn't need any time to get going. He began with a four to the midwicket boundary to get off the mark before taking a special liking to Chris Harris, who ended up conceding 72 runs from 10 overs. Such was Inzi's wrath that day that even the frugal Dipak Patel, from 1 for 28 from eight overs, finished his spell at 1 for 50 from 10.


The youngster, despite batting with one of the tallest batting figures of the country, Javed Miandad, easily outshone him. Inzamam was run out by a direct hit from Harris when Pakistan needed 36, but with a scintillating 60 off 37 balls, he had done enough to pummel the team to the final. Moin Khan's unbeaten 20 saw the team home with an over to spare.


Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Aamer Sohail), 2-84 (Ramiz Raja), 3-134 (Imran Khan), 4-140 (Saleem Malik), 5-227 (Inzamam-ul-Haq), 6-238 (Wasim Akram)


Pakistan would go on to lift the trophy, beating England in the final at Melbourne.




New Zealand - Mark Greatbatch, John Wright, Andrew Jones, Martin Crowe (c), Ken Rutherford, Chris Harris, Ian Smith (wk), Dipak Patel, Gavin Larsen, Danny Morrison, Willie Watson


Pakistan - Aamer Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Imran Khan (c), Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram, Moin Khan (wk), Mushtaq Ahmed, Iqbal Sikander, Aaqib Javed


Match Details


Match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st SF, Benson Hedges World Cup, 1992 

Date: Saturday, March 21, 1992 

Toss: New Zealand won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland 

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, David Shepherd 

Match Referee: Peter Burge 


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