India vs Pakistan 3rd Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs Pakistan 3rd Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the 3rd ODI match played between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 20th February 1985.

India vs Pakistan 3rd Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights
An record 132-run partnership between Mohammad Azharuddin and Sunil Gavaskar © YouTube / Cricket Australia

Rogers Binny's four-for before An unbeaten superb 93 from Mohammad Azharuddin and Sunil Gavaskar's supporting half-century steers to India convincing six-wicket victory over Pakistan in a low-scoring game of the third match of Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket.

* Roger Binny's 4 for 20 was his second best bowling performance for India in One-day international and the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler against Pakistan in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 3 for 27 jointly held by Balvinder Sandhu and Madan Lal.

* Mohammad Azharuddin's unbeaten 93 was the eighth highest score for India in One-day international and second highest score by an Indian batsman against Pakistan in ODIs after Dilip Vengsarkar's unbeaten 94.

* 134 : Mohammad Azharuddin and Sunil Gavaskar set up the record fourth-wicket partnership for India in One-day international, previously held by the 109-run stand between Dilip Vengsarkar and Sandeep Patil against same opponent at Multan in 1982 and seventh highest fourth-wicket stand in ODIs.

Pakistan scored modest total of 183 for all-out in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Qasir Umar struck 57 off consuming 102-deliveries including four boundaries.

Rameez Raza scored 29 off 37-balls without a boundary, Zaheer Abbas 25, Javed Miandad and Rashid Khan each scored 17-runs.

India best bowler by Roger Binny claimed a 4-wickets for 35-runs in 8.2 overs, Kapil Dev, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan both took 2-wickets and one for Madan Lal.

India chased 184-4 in 45.5 overs with top scorer by Mohammad Azharuddin scored a unbeaten 93 off 135-balls.

Sunil Gavaskar struck 54 off consuming 92-balls including a boundary and Kris Srikkanth 12.

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan picked up 3-wickets for 27-runs in 10-overs and Mudassar Nazar took one-wicket.

Mohammad Azharuddin named Player of the match for his match-winning career-best unbeaten 93-runs knocked off facing 135-balls including four boundaries.

This match reported by Michael Carey (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

INDIA, though at one stage reduced to 27 for three by Imran Khan, completed a highly efficient all-round performance by defeating Pakistan by six wickets with 25 balls to spare in their opening match in the World Cricket Championship under the Melbourne lights.

It was a reminder to the other sides in Group A, England and Australia, that the grasp of the limited overs game that enabled India to win the World Cup two years ago has not entirely deserted them, despite their recent.stumbling displays against England.

The match also provided further proof, if any were needed, of the precocious batting skills of Mohammed Azharuddin, who maintained his remarkable run of big scores with an unbeaten 93. made from 138 balls and begun when the menace of Imran was at its greatest.

The rest of Pakistan's attack, however, came into the less- than-potent category and once Miandad had taken the difficult decision to remove Imran after six overs, Azharuddin and Gavaskar as good as won the match by adding 132 in the next 32 overs.

Azharuddin, when 37, was comfortably dropped at the wicket by Dalpat off Naqqash in the 19th over, but otherwise he and his captain scarcely hinted at an error as they nudged and steered the bowling around, which was all that was required, after Pakistan had been dismissed for 183.

Pedestrian play

Only Imran's bowling, his first at this level for a year or so, lifted a somewhat pedestrian performance by Pakistan.

Though Qasim Omar accumulated a steady 57 after being dropped in Binny's first over, none of their main stroke-players was able to produce the lengthy fluent innings required.

Length and line, those qualities curently sought by England, were much in evidence, not only from the quicker bowlers but especially from Shastri, while Sivaramakrishnan, giving the ball plenty of air, played his part by taking two early wickets as Pakistan tried to accelerate.

Imran then extracted more bounce than anyone, and in his first over produced a real snorter of a delivery which lifted to have Shastri caught at slip.

Srikkanth, trying to force a ball which was probably too straight for the purpose and which also bounced, fell to another slip catch, and Vengsarkar, not a batsman many would back in these circumstances, appeared to misread the length of his first ball and was superbly caught in the gully by the diving Mudassar.

No one else hustled the batsmen like Imran, and though he had probably started to tire, there much discussion between Miandad and his aides before he was taken off.

The white ball, though used for only 25 overs at each end, tends to lose its hardness very quickly, and when Imran came back later, with India needing only 77 from 21 overs, he was played much more comfortably.

By then, Azharuddin was whipping the ball away square on both sides of the wicket, and, tempering his strokes to the needs of his side, hit only one four in his half-century, while Gavaskar played an ideal supporting role before he was lbw



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