Benson & Hedges World Cup 1991-92, qualifying match


Toss: Pakistan.

New Zealand dropped their first points, but as the result killed Australia's chances it guaranteed them a home semi-final. Pakistan had to wait until West Indies lost in the evening to know that they would meet their hosts again in Auckland. It was the leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, who claimed the bowling honours and the match award, but Ramiz Raja was a strong rival. His second unbeaten hundred of the World Cup, and its highest score (16 fours, 155 balls), sustained Pakistan after they were nine for two. Aamir Sohail was caught off Morrison's first ball, which bounced enough to be an arguable no-ball, and Inzamam was bowled in his next over. Patel then put down a return catch from Javed Miandad, on three; Miandad stayed to contribute 30 to a 115-run stand with Ramiz.

The victory had been set up by the bowlers, however, especially Mushtaq, who came on in the eighth over. He conceded no boundaries and only 18 runs in all; he also removed Harris, stumped off a wide, and Greatbatch, the one batsman in the top eight to reach double figures (hitting two fours and a six in Aqib Javed's first over). Only a ninth-wicket partnership of 44 from Larsen and Morrison, both batting for the first time in the tournament, presented any challenge.

Man of the Match: Mushtaq Ahmed. Attendance: 9,974.

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