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Who would have predicted that: Saleem Malik secures win for Pakistan at 1987 World Cup with maiden ODI ton

Saleem Malik
Saleem Malik

In our 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.


Pakistan were having a great World Cup with wins against Sri Lanka, England and West Indies as they squared off against the Lankans in the second match between the two sides at the 1987 Reliance World Cup. Pakistan had already beaten the Duleep Mendis-led side in the opening fixture of the tournament by 15 runs and were favourites going into the match.


Match Summary


Pakistan 297/7 (50 overs) - Saleem Malik 100 (95), Wasim Akram 39 (40); Sridharan Jeganathan 1/45 (9), Aravinda de Silva 1/37 (6)

Sri Lanka 184/8 (50 overs) Duleep Mendis 58 (65), Arjuna Ranatunga 50 (66); Abdul Qadir 3/40 (10), Javed Miandad 1/5 (3)

Result - Pakistan won by 113 runs


Batting first, the team got a decent start with 30s from openers Ramiz Raja and Mansoor Akhtar. Saleem Malik, batting at one drop in the line-up, had played a few impressive knocks in white-ball cricket by then but was yet to reach triple figures.

Malik chose the biggest stage to do so as he batted sensibly at just over run a ball, guiding Pakistan towards safety. He had sizeable partnerships with Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Ijaz Ahmed and Imran Khan as Pakistan kept ticking along. Malik was finally bowled by Ravi Ratnayake just after bringing up his century which included 10 boundaries.


Fall of wickets: 1-64 (Ramiz Raja), 2-72 (Mansoor Akhtar), 3-77 (Javed Miandad), 4-137 (Wasim Akram), 5-197 (Ijaz Ahmed), 6-264 (Imran Khan), 7-285 (Saleem Malik)


The Sri Lankan batsmen could not stand up to Pakistan's star-studded bowling attack which included Imran Khan, Manzoor Elahi, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram and Tauseef Ahmed. Malik also bowled 7 overs for 29 runs. Although he did not take a wicket, he kept the runs dry, going at an economy rate of 4.14.

Abdul Qadir picked up three wickets for Pakistan as Sri Lanka could manage only 184 runs from their 50 overs, with half-centuries from Arjuna Ranatunga and Duleep Mendis.

On the day when he brought up his maiden ODI ton, Malik walked away with the Man of the Match award.


Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Brendon Kuruppu), 2-11 (Roshan Mahanama), 3-41 (Ranjan Madugalle), 4-70 (Ravi Ratnayeke), 5-150 (Arjuna Ranatunga), 6-173 (Duleep Mendis), 7-173 (Ashantha de Mel), 8-179 (Sridharan Jeganathan)




Pakistan - Ramiz Raja, Mansoor Akhtar, Saleem Malik, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Ijaz Ahmed, Imran Khan (c), Manzoor Elahi, Saleem Yousuf (wk), Abdul Qadir, Tauseef Ahmed 

Sri Lanka - Roshan Mahanama, Brendon Kuruppu (wk), Ravi Ratnayeke, Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Duleep Mendis (c), Aravinda de Silva, Ashantha de Mel, Sridharan Jeganathan, Vinothen John, Don Anurasiri


Match Details


Match: PAK v SL, 17th Match, Reliance World Cup, 1987 

Date: Sunday, October 25, 1987 

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad 

Umpires: Ram Gupta, Steve Woodward 


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