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.
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.