Benson & Hedges World Cup 1991-92, qualifying match


At Perth, March 15. Pakistan won by four wickets. Toss: Sri Lanka. After their promising start, Sri Lanka ended the tournament as the lowest-placed of the Test nations, while Pakistan's regeneration continued. Once more, however, they were profligate with wides and no-balls, and De Silva added 51 in ten overs with Samarasekera. The innings lost momentum without them, and 213 seemed within Pakistan's reach.

In a nervous start Aamir Sohail was caught in the second over, and Imran took nearly an hour over two runs. At the halfway mark they were 84 for three. But the chase was given momentum by Javed Miandad and Salim Malik, who added 101 in 21 overs for the fourth wicket. When Miandad left, the target was down to 28 from six overs, and in the end Pakistan had five balls to spare.

Man of the Match: Javed Miandad. Attendance: 3,071.

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