Final (D/N), Melbourne, March 25, 1992, Benson & Hedges World Cup
(49.2/50 ov, T:250) 227

Pakistan won by 22 runs

Player Of The Match
33 (18) & 3/49
Player Of The Series
456 runs
Pakistan Innings
England Innings
Match Details
Pakistan  (50 ovs maximum)
Aamer Sohail c †Stewart b Pringle419200021.05
Ramiz Raja lbw b Pringle826361030.76
Imran Khan (c)c Illingworth b Botham721101595165.45
Javed Miandad c Botham b Illingworth58981254059.18
Inzamam-ul-Haq  b Pringle42354640120.00
Wasim Akram run out (†Stewart)33182140183.33
Saleem Malik not out 012000.00
Extras(lb 19, nb 7, w 6)32
TOTAL50 Ov (RR: 4.98)249/6
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Aamer Sohail, 4.6 ov), 2-24 (Ramiz Raja, 8.2 ov), 3-163 (Javed Miandad, 39.3 ov), 4-197 (Imran Khan, 43.3 ov), 5-249 (Inzamam-ul-Haq, 49.5 ov), 6-249 (Wasim Akram, 49.6 ov)
Derek Pringle1022232.20511035
4.6 to Aamer Sohail, there she blows! Pringle shakes off the over-stepping, gets one to nibble away from a perfect length, a loose, nervous crease-bound poke from Sohail and Stewart stoops to gather!. 20/1
8.2 to Ramiz Raja, Rameez walks across his stumps, plumb in front of middle, and Pringle finds the nipbacker to pin him lbw! That's a huge breakthrough, Rameez was guilty of sizing up the leg side, and well, if Pringle bowls that line for the rest of his spell, he'll be quids in!. 24/2
49.5 to Inzamam-ul-Haq, right up to the blockhole, and Inzamam is bowled! Canny effort from Pringle, using his wily experience to outfox an impetuous youngster, whose woolly air shot misses everything. But my goodness, what a hand he has played, both here and in that crucial semi-final. Melbourne rises to a star of the future... and of the present!. 249/5
Chris Lewis1025205.20365012
Ian Botham704216.00225010
43.3 to Imran Khan, heave ho! Imran holes out to long-on! Finally, England have the skipper, something had to give, he'd done his part and more in setting Pakistan's platform, but with wickets in hand, he had a duty to go for his strokes. Connected well enough, but pulled it slightly, straight to the man back on the rope. 197/4
Phil DeFreitas1014204.20303000
Richard Illingworth1005015.00282100
39.3 to Javed Miandad, reverse sweep, and out! Oh ... my ... god ... a supremely set innings comes to an end with an unconventional new-fangled mow! And well, we've seen that before in a World Cup final! Penny for Gatting's thoughts? Who needs such nonsense strokes when proper cricket is doing you proud?. 163/3
Dermot Reeve302207.3362010
England  (T: 250 runs from 50 ovs)
Graham Gooch (c)c Aaqib Javed b Mushtaq Ahmed2966931043.93
Ian Botham c †Moin Khan b Wasim Akram0612000.00
Alec Stewart c †Moin Khan b Aaqib Javed716221043.75
Graeme Hick lbw b Mushtaq Ahmed1736491047.22
Neil Fairbrother c †Moin Khan b Aaqib Javed6270973088.57
Allan Lamb  b Wasim Akram3141542075.60
Chris Lewis  b Wasim Akram016000.00
Dermot Reeve c Ramiz Raja b Mushtaq Ahmed1532380046.87
Derek Pringle not out 18162910112.50
Phil DeFreitas run out (Saleem Malik/†Moin Khan)1081300125.00
Richard Illingworth c Ramiz Raja b Imran Khan1410920140.00
Extras(lb 5, nb 6, w 13)24
TOTAL49.2 Ov (RR: 4.60)227
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Ian Botham, 2.5 ov), 2-21 (Alec Stewart, 7.3 ov), 3-59 (Graeme Hick, 18.6 ov), 4-69 (Graham Gooch, 20.5 ov), 5-141 (Allan Lamb, 34.5 ov), 6-141 (Chris Lewis, 34.6 ov), 7-180 (Neil Fairbrother, 42.5 ov), 8-183 (Dermot Reeve, 43.6 ov), 9-208 (Phil DeFreitas, 47.1 ov), 10-227 (Richard Illingworth, 49.2 ov)
Wasim Akram1004934.90341064
2.5 to IT Botham, Wasim Akram has struck. The round-the-wicket angle has worked. Ian Botham is not happy, though. After having swung a few in, Akram gets one to move away against the angle. Botham has to play at it. Interestingly, Aldridge, otherwise a safe umpire with lbws, has raised his finger for the catch at the wicket while moving away. There seems to be some sound that has influenced Aldridge. Botham is annoyed, and Akram is over the moon. T make it worse for Botham, Aamir Sohail has chipped in with a send-off, showing Botham the direction to the dressing room. Don't think he has forgotten the won't-send-even-mother-in-law-to-Pakistan comment from Botham. 6/1
34.5 to AJ Lamb, oh magic. Unplayable. Too good. The suroor is getting heavy now. What a delivery. Around the wicket, angling in, pitching middle and off, dipping on him, and then swinging away late, past the outside edge, pegging back the off stump. 141/5
34.6 to CC Lewis, is this the game? In two balls, Akram has undone the hard work of 13 overs. This time he flicks the shine the other way, and snakes this in a mile from outside off. Lewis is looking for something similar to Lamb, is perhaps even relieved that this has started wide, but then at the last moment it starts snaking back in. Played on. High-class bowling. 141/6
Aaqib Javed1022722.70452031
7.3 to AJ Stewart, Stewart is not hanging about this time. Walks off immediately. Aaqib gets this length ball to seam away from outside off. In a Test match, he could have left it alone, but Stewart is also looking to get bat to ball. The movement away takes the edge. 21/2
42.5 to NH Fairbrother, if there was any doubt, Aaqib has sealed the fate of this match. Fairbrother is expecting a short ball, but he doesn't get it. Goes back to pull, but this is not short enough and he ends up skying it. Moin calls it his early, waves others way, and gets under it to take the final big wicket. 180/7
Mushtaq Ahmed1014134.10383010
18.6 to GA Hick, stunning wrong'un! I'm calling this one now, that is an iconic piece of legspin bowling! Hick had a sighter of the googly earlier in the over, but this one is pitch-perfect, outside off on a full length and biting fiercely to wrap him plumb in front of middle before his bat can get anywhere close to the picture! Brilliant. Abdul Qadir, eat your heart out!. 59/3
20.5 to GA Gooch, forewarned wasn't forearmed for Gooch! Another huge moment in this match. He had one let-off in the over, but climbed into the sweep next ball, against the spin, and it takes a steepling top-edge to deep square leg. But crikey, what a take! Aaqib Javed, sprinting in, sprawling, tumbling, scooping it off the turf, and hurtling off for an exuberant lap of honour! Pakistan sense glory.... 69/4
43.6 to DA Reeve, Reeve looks for the big hit, but the ball dips on him, and then turns away to take a thick outside edge. Ramiz Rana runs back from cover, keeps an eye on it all the time, catches it over his shoulder, and also avoids a collision with the man running in from the deep. Pakistan two good balls away from the World Cup now. Mushy has gone on a lap of the ground, it seems. 183/8
Ijaz Ahmed301304.3380020
Imran Khan6.204316.78114001
49.2 to RK Illingworth, slower ball, Illingworth done in, gets a big edge, Ramiz Raja takes it at mid-off. Imran Khan takes the final wicket. Do you believe in destiny? The man that made Pakistan believe has the last touch on this game. Pakistan are World Cup champions. While Imran's career is still alive. 227/10
Aamer Sohail1004904.90241010
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TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Wasim Akram
Player Of The Series
New Zealand
Martin Crowe
Series resultPakistan won the 1991/92 Benson & Hedges World Cup
Match numberODI no. 752
Match daysdaynight (50-over match)
New Zealand
Brian Aldridge
West Indies
Steve Bucknor
Match Referee
Peter Burge
  • Innings notes
  • Pakistan innings:
  • Aamer Sohail acted as a runner for part of Javed Miandad's innings
  • England innings:
  • AJ Stewart acted as a runner for NH Fairbrother after he reached 51 (leg strain)
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