1983 World Cup - Group A


At Leeds, June 16. Pakistan won by 11 runs. Twice during the day Sri Lanka seemed within sight of victory - in the morning when Pakistan, having been put in, found the ball moving about disconcertingly and were 43 for five, and again in the evening when the Sri Lankan third-wicket pair were moving steadily to within 74 runs of the required score. Pakistan were saved first by Imran's 102 not out and his sixth-wicket stand of 144 with Shahid, and later by the leg-spinner Qadir who took three wickets in eight balls as Sri Lanka were gathering themselves for a final dash for victory. Seven wickets fell for 37 runs and a last-wicket stand of 25 by De Mel and John, who needed 37 in the last six overs, merely emphasised Sri Lanka's lost opportunity.

Man of the Match: Abdul Qadir.

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