Rothman's Cup, Sharjah, 1985

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 10:19 hrs

Partab Ramchand

What does a team do when it is dismissed for 125 batting first?

Throw in the towel?

Few would have found fault with the Indians had they done so in the opening match of the Rothman's Cup against Pakistan in Sharjah. Surely, that was a quite indefensible total.

What added spice to the flavour of an India-Pakistan contest was the fact that the tie was being played just 12 days after India's triumph in the World Championship of Cricket final at Melbourne.

Full Scorecard

Imran Khan, with bowling that was quite unplayable, led from the front to bowl out India for 125 in 42.4 overs. The charismatic Pakistan captain finished with six for 14 from ten overs.

India, in fact, were 34 for five - Imran taking all the wickets - before Mohammad Azharuddin (47) and skipper Kapil Dev (30) shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 46.

The Indians did not seem to have a ghost of a chance, especially when Pakistan were 35 for one, but what followed was quite unbelievable.

Three wickets fell for one run as Pakistan slid sharply from 40 for two to 41 for five with Javed Miandad, Imran and Ashraf Ali all out for ducks.

But with Rameez Raja (29) anchoring the innings and Salim Malik (17) providing support, Pakistan inched their way to 85 for six.

With the target being meagre, though, Pakistan were still favourites, but amazingly the last four wickets fell with only two runs added, and in a sensational finish, they were bowled out for 87 in 32.5 overs, leaving the Indians winners by 38 runs.

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