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Who would have predicted that: Saqlain Mushtaq becomes first bowler to bag 4 wickets off 5 balls in ODIs

Saqlain Mushtaq

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.

In 1996, when Zimbabwe toured Pakistan, it was not the Zimbabwe of today. The team then gave every single of their opponents a run for their money. Saqlain Mushtaq though proved too good for them in the final ODI.


Match Summary

Pakistan 264/9 (40 overs) - Ijaz Ahmed 117 (105), Azam Khan 72 (77); Everton Matambanadzo 4/32 (8), John Rennie 2/37 (8)

Zimbabwe 147(32.1 overs) - Grant Flower 77 (96), Paul Strang 29 (40); Saqlain Mushtaq 4/28 (6.1), Shahid Afridi 2/25 (7)


Result - Pakistan won by 78 runs (revised target)

Pakistan had won the 1st ODI of the series by just three wickets but Zimbabwe had ensured that the match went into the last over. In the second ODI, a win for Pakistan was much more comfortable as they pocketed the match by 9 wickets with as many as 128 balls remaining.

Having already won the series, the hosts were now eyeing a clean sweep. After Shahid Afridi was dismissed for a golden duck, Ijaz Ahmed, batting at 3, scored a brisk century. He made his 117 runs at a strike rate of 111.43 including 10 fours and 4 sixes. A handy cameo from Moin Khan took Pakistan to 264 from the curtailed 40 overs.



Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Shahid Afridi), 2-18 (Zahoor Elahi), 3-43 (Hasan Raza), 4-194 (Ijaz Ahmed), 5-199 (Wasim Akram), 6-231 (Azam Khan), 7-251 (Saleem Malik), 8-256 (Saqlain Mushtaq), 9-263 (Moin Khan)

Due to trouble from the crowd, the match had to be halted for 81 minutes and began with a revised target of 225 from 34 overs for Zimbabwe.

Grant Flower started on a promising note with a 96-ball 77 but all batsmen around him kept falling like a pack of cards. At 143-5, it seemed that Pakistan would take a few more hours to bowl out Zimbabwe.

But, Saqlain Mushtaq did the trick. He dismissed the well-set Grant Flower, John Rennie and Andy Whittall off back-to-back deliveries to register his first ODI hat-trick.

If that was not enough, he came back in the next over to dismiss Gavin Rennie off the first ball, to become the first bowler in ODI cricket to bag 4 wickets off 5 balls.

Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Mark Dekker), 2-95 (Paul Strang), 3-110 (Dave Houghton), 4-118 (Andy Flower), 5-119 (Guy Whittall), 6-143 (Grant Flower), 7-143 (John Rennie), 8-143 (Andy Whittall), 9-147 (Gavin Rennie)




Pakistan - Shahid Afridi, Zahoor Elahi, Ijaz Ahmed, Hasan Raza, Azam Khan, Wasim Akram (c), Moin Khan (wk), Saleem Malik, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Nazir, Abdul Razzaq 

Zimbabwe - Grant Flower, Mark Dekker, Paul Strang, Dave Houghton, Andy Flower (wk), Guy Whittall, Gavin Rennie, John Rennie, Andy Whittall, Everton Matambanadzo, Alistair Campbell (c)


Match Details


Match: PAK v ZIM, 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe in Pakistan ODI Series, 1996 

Date: Sunday, November 03, 1996 

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar 

Umpires: Javed Akhtar, Shakoor Rana 

Third Umpire: Said Shah 

Match Referee: Jackie Hendriks 


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