World Cup quarterfinal, Bangalore, 1996

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 13:37 hrs

Partab Ramchand

An India-Pakistan match is always a high-tension affair and the stakes were predictably high when the teams met in the Wills World Cup quarterfinal.

The hype surrounding the match was unbelievable and the excitement palpable.

Pakistan captain Wasim Akram withdrew on the eve of the game following an injury, but the teams still seemed evenly matched.

Openers Navjot Sidhu (93) and Sachin Tendulkar (31) gave India a good start, putting on 90 runs, but in the middle overs, the runs seemed to dry up.

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It was left to Ajay Jadeja to play a spirited knock of 45 off just 25 balls that saw the Indians making up lost ground in the slog overs and they went on to post a challenging target of 287 for eight in 50 overs.

On a firm batting track even this, however, seemed inadequate as stand-in skipper Aamir Sohail (55) went after the bowling.

He and Saeed Anwar (48) put on 84 runs for the first wicket, but Venkatesh Prasad practically settled the issue by getting the wickets of Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Javed Miandad, playing his last international match, Salim Malik and Rashid Latif fought it out in the slog overs, but it was a losing cause by then and India won a high-calibre contest fought tooth and nail by 39 runs.

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