Moments of the World Cup: Pakistan get lucky, 1992

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 02, 2015 16:14 hrs

Sure, there are things like talent and hard work that can win you a World Cup - but there's no denying luck plays a part as well. Australia in 1987 were lucky Mike Gatting had a moment of madness. The same team were lucky in 1999 that Herschelle Gibbs famously dropped Steve Waugh.

But never has a team probably been as lucky as Pakistan in 1992, facing England in the group stages at Adelaide. After losing their opening game to the West Indies, they needed all the wins they could get - an easy one against Zimbabwe happened, but tougher challenges lied ahead - England had won both their games (WI, India) and were looking formidable.

Pakistan's worst nightmares came true - they were decimated by England's seamers for an appalling 74 all out, with Derek Pringle taking 3/8, and Botham taking 2/12 off 10 overs. What should have been an easy win for England - despite the loss of skipper Graham Gooch - turned into a farce thanks to the rain. After a reduced target (64 off 16 overs), the rain didn't stop - and the match had to be drawn.

Pakistan got out of jail, and with that valuable point, snuck through to the knockout round. Once there, with a combination of pluck and some incredible individual displays (most notably Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram), they won the trophy, beating poor England in the finals.

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