Australasia Cup final, Sharjah, 1986

Source : SIFY
By : Partab Ramchand
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 15:58 hrs

It is a match remembered even today - as it will be remembered for years to come - for Javed Miandad's last-ball six to win it for Pakistan.

Miandad's heroics,while compiling an unbeaten 116 and taking Pakistan to a famous title triumph, still seems like a feat straight out of fiction.

Batting first, India failed to fully capitalise on a first-wicket partnership of 117 between Kris Srikkanth (75) and Sunil Gavaskar (92).

Dilip Vengsarkar (50) did try and maintain the momentum, but the middle-order caved in before Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

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The Indians, however, did post a challenging total of 245 for seven in 50 overs.

Pakistan lostwickets at regular intervals and at 110 for four were still some distance from the target.

Abdul Qadir promoted to No 6 revived their hopes with a bright 34 adding71 runs in quick time with Miandad.

In the slog overs, Pakistan once again lost their way, though, Miandad's presence continued to offer them a ray of hope.

But he seemed to have left it too late, and when the ninth wicket fell at 241 in the last over sent down by Chetan Sharma, the Indians appeared to be on their way to sealing a win.

There was, however, to be a sting in the tale.

With the last ball to be bowled, Miandad was on strike, but he had to hit a four - not an easy task with the boundaries everywhere being guarded.

A nervous Sharma, however, sent down a full toss and a grateful Miandad pulled it over the mid-wicket boundary to complete the storybook finish.

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