World Cup Score SA vs PAK (This time it really is Pakistan)

World Cup Score SA vs PAK (This time it really is Pakistan)

Post by Nick de Ko » Tue, 10 Mar 1992 17:51:53

On Sunday SA beat Pakistan by 20 runs at the Gabba in Brisbane. SA
lost the toss and Imran Kahn sent them in to bat with clouds
threatening in the distance.

SA managed 211/7 after an promising start (with an inauspicious middle
order batting collapse which was salvaged largely by Hansie Cronje).
Andrew Hudson at last proved his worth in the absence of Peter
Kirsten (out with a calf injury) scoring a useful half century.
Wessels was again dismissed without getting into double figures.

Pakistan went in to bat needing a run rate of just over 4.2. They
started fairly well scoring 72/2 after 22 overs when a tropical
rainstorm stopped play. Play was halted for an hour. Under the rules
of the competition the umpires decided that the match would be
shortened by 14 overs. Having discarded SA's worst 14 overs their
total was a formidable 195 after 36 overs. This left Pakistan with a
well-nigh impossible run-rate to chase (just under 10 runs an over).
Malik and Imran Kahn put on a brave display of slogging. This set the
tone for the rest of the batting order and wickets dropped quickly.
One of the high points of the match was a dramatic amd acrobatic
stumping by Jonty Rhodes who flung himself full-length over a
distance of 3 metres to smash the stumps of one of the Pakistanis (I
forget his name).

At times it seemed possible that the Pakistanis would reach that
impossible total. In the end the came short by only 20 runs. I have
no finger nails left. Still, they must be congratulated - scoring
nearly 100 runs in just 14 overs.

Anyway this puts SA third in the log table after NZ and England. Not
too shabby!

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