West Indies vs Pakistan 13th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 Highlights

Watch the highlights of West Indies vs Pakistan 13th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1981/82 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 13th ODI match played between Pakistan and West Indies at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane in 16th January 1982.

West Indies scrambled to a dramatic one-wicket victory over Pakistan in a rain-hit game of the 13th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

PAKISTAN scored 177/9 (50 overs with top scorer by Mudassar Nazar 40 (90) and Javed Miandad 25 (32)

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner 3/19 (10) and Michael Holding 2/23 (10)

WEST INDIES chased 107/9 (28.5 overs with top scorer by Faoud Bacchus 36* (42) and Jeff Dujon 13 (14)

Pakistan best bowler by Sikander Bakht 3/29 (6.5) and Sarfraz Nawaz 3/31 (10)

This match reported by Brian Mossop (Third Party Reference from SMH)

Australia need to win at least one of its last two matches against the West Indies and maintain their strike rate to qualify for the finals of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

The West Indies just scraped home in a sensational match against Pakistan at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Pakistan, who desperately needed to win to put the Australians under the pressure of having to win both games, appeared to have blown their chance when they were bundled out for 177 runs off exactly 50 overs.

But they showed tremendous fighting spirit to bully their way back into the game after rain had reduced the West Indies' chase to 107 runs off 30 overs.

Sarfraz Nawaz, the big pace bowler, put the spice into the Pakistanis when he dismissed Gordon Greenidge (7) and Viv Richards (0) in his third over to have the West Indians struggling at 2-12.

It was the start of an amazing collapse that reduced the West Indies to 9-105 by the end of their 28th over — still two runs short of victory and their hopes vested in lanky Joel Garner.

Garner, who bowled superbly on a green-tinged wicket to take 3-19 off 10 overs earlier, was lucky to escape when the second ball he faced from Sikander Bakht popped into an empty space just forward of point.

But the giant Barbadian clinched victory with a single later in the same over with just seven balls of the match remaining.

It was a dramatic end to a day of tension for a crowd of around 15,000 that had been only partially aware of how fortunate they were. to see a result.B

Both teams wanted the match called off soon after the West Indians began their innings - a decision that, without at least 15 overs bowled, would have meant their taking one point each.

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes protested about the light in the overcast conditions, and Javed Miandad, the Pakistan captain, tried to have the match stopped when it began to rain in the 17th over, with Pakistan just ahead on run rate.

Butt umpires Dick French and Rex Whitehead stood firm and ruled that play would go on.

"Everything was against us. It was raining quite hard" Miandad said of his approach to the umpires with the West Indians struggling at 4-54.

"I am slightly upset that the umpires allowed play to go on. But we have not given up hope of making the final."

Although disappointg for Pakistan, result will have the Cup promoters rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of a West Indies Australia final that could put as much as $250,000 more into the coffers of the Australian Cricket Board.

Although the West Indies are notoriously bad when confronted by a small target, it almost smacked of a promotional set-up as they collapsed.

The result, for which Faoud Bacchus earned the player-of-the-match award for a stoic, unbeaten 36, dispelled all doubts about the possibility of a rigged game.

And Clive Lloyd, the West Indies captain, reinforced the point when he said he had no preference for an opponent in the $50,000 Cup final.

The West Indiest, with 12 points from eight matches, now hold the key to the struggle between Pakistan, who have .played their last match for a total of eight points, and Australia, who have six points from eight matches.

The West Indies and Australia meet at the Gabba tomorrow and again at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The Australians need to win both games to ensure their presence in the final.

They can probably scrape in with just one win, but it will be a nail-biting climax to the preliminary series for both Australia and Pakistan, if the Australians crash badly in tomorrow's game and lose their narrow run trite advantage.

That the Pakistanis managed to compile as many runs as they did today was something of a marvel, beset as they were by a snail-like start and a string of injuries.



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