World Cup 1999, seventh group B match

Australia v Pakistan

At Leeds, May 23. Pakistan won by ten runs. Toss: Australia.

A memorable struggle tilted Pakistan's way when Shoaib Akhtar, bowling at terrifying speed in murky conditions, hurled an in-swinger into Steve Waugh's stumps. That left Australia 238 for six, chasing 276. Though the contest went to the last over, Wasim Akram then clean-bowled Martyn and McGrath to seal a ten-run win - and pass Imran Khan's record of 34 World Cup wickets. The match award went to Inzamam-ul-Haq for his 81, the centrepiece of Pakistan's innings, although this rather overlooked the damage inflicted by his idiosyncratic running. Three times he found himself at the same end as his partner, and twice it cost a wicket.

Still, Inzamam's patient stand of 118 with Abdur Razzaq paved the way for a volcanic eruption in the last ten overs, which yielded 108 runs. Moin Khan lashed an unbeaten 31 from a mere 12 balls. Australia's pursuit started confidently enough, but two wickets in three balls from Saqlain Mushtaq stalled them at 101 for four. A 113-run stand between Steve Waugh and Bevan kept the game alive, until Pakistan's quicks returned to close it out in fading light. After the finish, 21 minutes late, Waugh asked why slow over-rate penalties should apply only to teams who bowl first.

Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq. Attendance: 15,474.

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