The Prudential World Cup 1975, sixth Group B match


At Nottingham, June 14. Pakistan won by 192 runs. Sri Lanka optimistically invited Pakistan to bat on winning the toss and by doing so committed themselves to an arduous time in the field. Against an attack lacking in pace, Sadiq and Majid built an opening partnership of 159 runs. The departure of Sadiq for 74 paved the way for a polished innings by Zaheer who gave a delightful display and was unlucky to miss a century by three runs. At the end of the 60 overs Pakistan"s total of 330 for six was only four runs short of the competition record set by England against India.

Sri Lanka showed little ability to play leg spin bowling and their innings came to an inglorious end in the 51st over for a paltry 138. Apart from a useful 30 by Tennekoon and a defiant late 26 by De Silva there was little basic application by the batsmen. Zaheer was named Man of the Match.

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