A Cricket Match

The 1992 final was a turn of fate in the history of cricketing encounters. The overrated English side lost the toss to Pakistan, which was the first psychological blow to their arrogance. Pakistan decided to put a decent score on the board against the English at the famous Melbourne stadium that was packed to capacity. The beginning of the innings was inauspicious for Pakistan as the opener went to pavilion in the initial overs of the game. The Pakistani skipper, the legend Imran Khan came up the order to steady the batting ship. He had an extraordinary partnership with Javed Miandad. They managed to keep the English bowlers to their toes until the 35th over of the game.

 

The fall of Imran signalled a moment of truth for both the sides. Inzamam and Wasim Akram played a cameo in the battling line up by smashing the English bowlers all over the park. The seemingly down and out Pakistan batting side picked up momentum out of nowhere and posted a total of 249, which was decent considering the steady pace they adopted throughout the innings. Waseem’s gigantic sixers towards the on-side and Inzamam’s towering lifts towards the mid-on uplifted the morale of Pakistanis in the Melbourne Cricket Stadium. The match was evenly poised for both the sides.

 

The English batting line-up was in complete disarray when the chase began. Wasim Akram and Aqib Javed were all over the English side, but the middle order kept cruising towards the goal. A dramatic turn of events took place when Wasim Akram was brought back in the middle overs and he produced two unplayable delivers to castle the stumps of the English bats. All of a sudden, the momentum shifted towards the Pakistan side and Mushtaq along with Imran Khan cleaned up the remaining bats with their skilful bowling. The English team’s strategies proved a house of cards and Pakistan clinched victory from the jaws of defeat.

 

Pakistan emerged triumphant and was declared the champion of the cricketing world. The young Wasim Akram was awarded the man of the match for his spectacular performance in the final. The skipper, Imran Khan, was enormously pleased at convincingly beating the English side. He dedicated the victory to all the Pakistanis and decided to make a cancer hospital, so that the people do not have to go abroad for treatment. The final is still etched on the memories of the passionate fans, because Green Shirts pulled off a miracle that day, and that too in the month of Ramadan. The whole nation was in raptures!

 

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