RRR: 9.80, Wellington won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining). The boy-turned-man who took that catch, sprinting, stretching, sprawling at deep midwicket for an inspired take - was the zippy seamer Aaqib Javed, whose precociously commanding performance at the top and tail of the innings returned figures of 2 for 27 to ensure that the injured Waqar Younis was barely given a passing mention. England and Pakistan played each other in the league round, but Pakistan were lucky to escape with a draw even though Pakistan were dismissed for 74. And by the time Pakistan had sprinkled their magic on the contest, it was overwhelming. On both occasions umpire Bucknor shook his head, and Pringle could only flap his hands in disgust, ruing a moment lost, but confident it could yet come again. On 72, having done his bit and more, he aimed an ambitious wipe at his fellow legendary allrounder Botham, and picked out Illingworth on the edge of long-on boundary. Imran Khan’s side was almost eliminated from the competition in the first round itself when their captain urged the team to fight like ‘cornered tigers’ and they went onto win the World Cup beating favourites New Zealand in the semis and England in the finals. South Africa would have have contested the 1992 World Cup final on their maiden appearance after more than two decades of isolation due to apartheid if it were possible to score 21 off one ball. And yet, the numbers tell only a fraction of the story of a fraught, tense encounter in which a sprinkling of magic proved the difference between the teams. Imran Khan will be always remembered for leading Pakistan to their first-ever and only World Cup so far. It was held in Australia and New Zealand from 22 February to 25 March 1992, and finished with Pakistan beating England by 22 runs in the final to become the World Cup champions for the first time. Imran Khan lifts the World Cup after Pakistan beat England in the 1992 final at Melbourne Cricket Ground Getty Images. But it was Imran himself who had the next key let-off when, on 9 from 41 balls, Phil DeFreitas banged in a short ball that rushed onto a pre-meditated pull. But as Imran might as well have muttered during a mid-over conflab, "Ghabrana nahin hai (don't panic)". Pakistan team created history by grabbing their first World Cup title win ever by defeating England in the final of the 1992 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. And if that was good in isolation, then the follow-up to Chris Lewis conferred the double-whammy instant iconic status - a flip of the shiny side of the ball to unleash a howling inswinger, one that started so wide of off stump, Lewis might have believed it would be called as such, before hurtling back through his defences as if caught in a gravitational pull, to smash the top of the stumps, and confirm that England's hopes were gone. Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. Jazba TV. Coming in at No. Until Akram's intercession, it seemed that Mushtaq Ahmed's outrageous googly to Graeme Hick might prove to be the crowning moment of the night, but his 3 for 41 was no less critical for being upstaged. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of Pakistan vs South Africa, 22nd Match, Mar 08, Benson Hedges World Cup, 1992 on Cricbuzz He cracked four fours in his 18-ball 33, including a brace of venomous swipes to wreck Lewis's figures in his final over, and though Pringle returned to outfox Inzamam for a richly deserved third wicket, a target of 250 - four more than England had failed to chase in Calcutta five years earlier - was daunting. He departed to a rich ovation, safe in the knowledge that he had risen to the occasion in what will surely now be his final, final farewell. “On This Day in 1992, the Imran Khan-led Pakistan were crowned ICC Men's Cricket World Cup champions for the first time after beating England in the final in Melbourne by 22 runs. And at 125 for 2 after 35, with Dermot Reeve flogged from the attack with a 12-run over that brought up the hundred partnership, they were getting desperate. Whether that was the game there and then, who knows. Cornered Tigers: Imran Khan comments (1992 World Cup Final) Imran Khan's famous "cornered tiger" comments spur on his team and country at the toss 1992 World Cup final against England Melbourne. ... 3:06. SK Flashback: Imran Khan leads Pakistan to 1992 World Cup … Twenty eight years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England. Their campaign is a reminder of Pakistan’s stunning World Cup win in 1992. At 163 for 3 with ten overs in which to make merry, the stage was perfectly set for Pakistan's much-vaunted finishers. Akram, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, also dismissed Allan Lamb (31) and Chris Lewis (0) with his violently swinging deliveries. RRR: 5.41, Sixers need 188 runs in 115 balls. Check out PM Imran Khan's photo from 1992, a few months after … Inzamam-ul-Haq too chipped in with 42 off 32 balls and took the team to a respectable total of 249 runs. Manipulating the new ball like a yo-yo on its string, Pringle served up a supreme spell of wickedly intelligent medium pace, bowling eight overs off the reel for 13 runs, with only his own size-12s breaking the spell, as he overstepped for a total of five no-balls, coupled with three wides. Highlights of the 1992 Cricket World Cup Final Pakistan v England Part 2.Great tournament and great final too. It was a tactic fraught with risk, especially once the canny old pro Pringle had proven his fitness after missing the South Africa match with a rib injury. 4:24. Imran Khan's cornered giants defy the odds: 1992 World Cup stats … Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of England vs Pakistan, Final, Mar 25, Benson Hedges World Cup, 1992 on Cricbuzz Initially Miandad seemed to know it more acutely than his captain. Imran Khan … And then, slowly at first, but then in a crescendo with bat and later with ball, Pakistan shed their inhibitions and turned to their inner tigers to finish with a roar that no opponent could have withstood. Retropreview: Will England be third-time lucky against 'cornered tigers' Pakistan? His old-pro outswingers had hoovered up 15 wickets in England's run to the final, but just one belated scalp on the night. 3, Imran Khan played a captain's knock scoring 72 off 110 balls and shared a solid 139-run stand with Javed Miandad (28). With the ball, Derek Pringle produced one of the great losing performances in World Cup history, and Gooch and Lamb both had their moments with the bat. In the final, winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat with Ijaz Ahmed coming in as the only change from their semi final against New Zealand, while England too had one change with Derek Pringle replacing Gladstone Small. He tweets at @miller_cricket, Final (D/N), Melbourne, Mar 25 1992, Benson & Hedges World Cup, What we learned from watching the 1992 World Cup final in full again, Wides, lbw calls, swing - plenty of things were different in white-ball cricket back then. Pakistan 249 for 6 (Imran 72, Miandad 58, Pringle 3-22) beat England 227 (Fairbrother 62, Akram 3-49, Mushtaq 3-41) by 22 runs. Wasim Akram bowls Chris Lewis with a ripper in the 1992 World Cup final. Pakistan hold nerve to defend 249 in gripping final and become champions of the world. Twenty seven years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Miandad, in his fifth World Cup, duly became the first Pakistani to score 1000 runs at the tournament, and by the time he was finally extracted in the 40th over for 58 - unfurling the reverse-sweep against Illingworth where conventional mowing through the line had been serving him just fine - the arrival of the helmetless Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's break-out star of the semi-final, wasn't exactly a blessing. It was a moment by which legends are born. For England, Derek Pringle claimed three wickets conceding 22 runs in his allotted 10 overs. Bed in at all cost, at the expense even of forward momentum, and trust their middle-order artillery to reprise the late onslaught that unseated New Zealand in Saturday's thrilling semi-final. Imran knew it too. World Cup Countdown: 1992 - Pakistan ace a World Cup of many … Faced with a stiff target of 250, England had been rocking at 69 for 4 but found, in Neil Fairbrother's eye for a deflected single and Allan Lamb's old-school pugnacity, a fifth-wicket pairing with the requisite fight to take the game deep. Between them, Inzamam and Akram drained England's troops of their resolve, adding 75 in 53 balls between them, with Inzamam's initial flurry of four fours in his first ten balls giving way to a supporting role as Wasim took up the cudgels in the final five overs. England boast an extraordinarily balanced XI, while Pakistan have got here with bursts of timely inspiration, Retroreport: Wasim Akram magic wins it for Imran Khan's cornered tigers, Imran's tigers: The story of Pakistan's 1992 triumph, It's 25 years since Imran Khan lifted the World Cup in Melbourne. WATCH: How Imran Khan led Pakistan as captain World Cup win in … Sure enough, the introduction of Ian Botham broke the shackles a touch, as Miandad skipped to the pitch of a drive through mid-on for four in an opening over that yielded nine. The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England. Gooch at square leg, all 38 years of him, sprinted full pelt as the ball plummeted over his shoulder, but despite a valiant dive, he was unable to wrap his fingers round the chance. He might have been caught in the gully on 1 as Lewis bent his back in an excellent new-ball spell, before scuffing a drive inches short of midwicket two balls later. On a lively deck with juicy early movement for the seamers, their gameplan had been clear from the outset. But slowly but surely, the MCG's vast outfield began to look chock-full of scoring opportunities, as England's tiring team - already feeling the strain after a long winter campaign - began to be pulled apart at the seams. PAKISTAN WORLD CUP CRICKET 1992, THEME SONG OF CRICKET WORLD CUP 1992, IMRAN KHAN, E Collection. The suave and the charismatic Imran Khan coaxed Pakistan’s ‘wounded tigers’ on the path to a dramatic World Cup title Down Under in 1992. This Day That Year: Imran Khan-Led Pakistan Taste World Cup … Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed claimed three wickets apiece to limit the England batting line-up to just 227. Pakistan defeated England by 22 runs to lift the coveted title. World Cup 1992: When Pakistan cricket was revolutionised - … And handed the reins to his other young gun, Akram. Like a tiger: Imran Khan, centre, celebrates with teammates after winning the 1992 World Cup. 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