Total International Series 1992-93, ninth match

PAKISTAN v WEST INDIES

Toss: West Indies. International debut: Ghulam Ali.

With both sides assured of playing in the final two days later there was nothing at stake, but a near-capacity crowd turned out to see two of the world's finest teams do battle. They witnessed an extraordinary anticlimax. Pakistan tumbled to 43 all out in 19.5 overs, the smallest total in the history of limited-overs internationals. The previous low was Canada's 45 in 40.3 overs, against England at Manchester in the 1979 World Cup. Pakistan's own worst performance had been 71 in 23.4 - then the shortest completed innings - also against West Indies, at Brisbane seven weeks earlier.

The lack of incentive may have contributed to Pakistan's feeble effort, but on a pitch of unpredictable bounce and too much grass, which allowed excessive lateral movement, Walsh and Cummins - who both took three wickets in an over - and Patterson were all but unplayable. West Indies themselves lost three early wickets for 11 runs, but they needed only 12.3 overs and won before lunch. The groundsman was severely censured after an inquiry, and the Newlands ground's Test status was called into question by Krish Mackerdhuj, president of the UCBSA.

Man of the Match: C. A. Walsh.

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