Benson & Hedges World Cup 1991-92, qualifying match

PAKISTAN v SOUTH AFRICA

Toss: Pakistan.

A third win for South Africa placed them third in the table, though Pakistan's chances were undermined by rain. Imran Khan risked fielding first after a forecast of light showers. Continuing problems controlling the white ball brought Wasim Akram's tally of wides to 27 in five matches, and the ball gave Aqib Javed another sort of headache when Moin Khan, lobbing it back to him, struck his forehead to remove him from the field. He joined Javed Miandad, Ramiz Raja and Wasim Haider on the casualty list. Hudson made his maiden international fifty, and Cronje and McMillan added 71 in 12 overs.

In reply, Pakistan had reached 74 for two in the 22nd over when heavy rain stopped play. They now had to surpass 193, representing South Africa's most successful 36 overs. In the first nine after the halt, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Imran resumed confidently with 61 runs, but both fell within three balls, Inzamam, seeking a leg-bye, turned back to see the low-flying Rhodes crashing through the stumps, and Imran edged to the wicket-keeper. Another 58 runs from five overs proved too much for those who followed, and three of them perished in one eventful over from Kuiper.

Man of the Match: A. C. Hudson. Attendance: 8,108.

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