1983 World Cup - Group A

NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN

At Nottingham, June 20. Pakistan won by 11 runs. To qualify for the semi-final, Pakistan needed not only to beat New Zealand but to make enough runs in their 60 overs to give them a better scoring-rate throughout the tournament. They met this second requirement, achieving an overall scoring-rate of 4.01 against New Zealand's 3.94, through an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 147 in 75 minutes between Zaheer and Imran, during which they made 47 off Hadlee's last five overs. New Zealand were soon in trouble against Sarfraz, Mudassar and Qadir and it was not until Coney led the last three wickets in a sterling attempt at making 85 off the final ten overs that Pakistan had any uneasy moments. Bracewell helped him to add 59 in five overs and 13 were needed off the last over, but Coney, attempting a second run, was run out off the first ball from Imran's throw.

Man of the Match: Imran Khan.

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