Pakistan vs New Zealand 22nd Match Prudential World Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs New Zealand 22nd Match Prudential World Cup 1983 - Prudential World Cup 1983 tournament of the 22nd ODI match played between New Zealand and Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 20th June 1983.

Zaheer Abbas's record-breaking seventh century, Imran Khan's captain innings of 79 and Bowlers helped to Pakistan narrow 11-run victory over New Zealand, despite a John Bracewell's late blitz and both team book their place in world cup semi-final in a tight-game of the 22nd match of a Prudential World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Zaheer Abbas became the first batsman to scored seven centuries in One-day international cricket history.
  • 7 : Zaheer Abbas hit the most centuries in ODI cricket history, beating David Gower's 6-hundreds record.
  • Zaheer Abbas became the first Pakistan batsman to score a century against New Zealand in ODI cricket history.
  • Zaheer Abbas became the second Pakistan batsman to score a hundred in World Cup after Imran Khan.

Pakistan scored 261-3 in 60 overs with top scorer by Zaheer Abbas cracked a unbeaten 103 off 121-balls - which was his 7th ODI hundred and his first century in World Cups - including 6-fours.

Imran Khan hit a unbeaten 79 off 74-balls including 7-fours & a six, Mohsin Khan hit 33 off 64-balls included 3-fours, Javed Miandad 25 and Mudassar Nazar 15.

New Zealand best bowler by Jeremy Coney took 2-wickets and one for Richard Hadlee.

New Zealand scored 250 for all-out in 59.1 overs with top scorer by Jeremy Coney cracked a 51 off 78-balls.

Martin Crowe hit 43 off 62-balls including 4-fours, Geoff Howarth scored 39 off 51-balls included 3-fours.

John Bracewell blasted a 34 off 24-balls including 7-fours with strike rate of 141.66, Warren Lees scored 26 off 25-balls included 4-fours and John Wright 19

Pakistan best bowler by Mudassar Nazar picked up 3-wickets for 43-runs in 12-overs, Sarfraz Nawaz, Abdul Qadir both took 2-wickets and one for Shahid Mahboob - Zaheer Abbas - who took 1-wickets for 8-runs in 4-overs including a maiden with economy rate of 2.

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

PAKISTAN, richly appreciating a century by Zaheer Abbas and resisting the audacious strokeplay of Jeremy Coney and John Bracewell, New Zealand's ninth wicket pair, achieved a breathless 11 run win at Trent Bridge, together with a place in upcoming's Prudential World Cup semi-finals.

Victory, tantalisingly achieved when Imran's throw ran out Coney in the final over, brought Pakistan level on points with New Zealand. Their superior scoring rate of 4.01 to 3.94 overall, qualifies them to meet West Indies at the Oval.

In an improbable and tingling finish New Zealand emerged from the dark recesses of 187 for eight to reach 250 all out, Coney making 51 and Bracewell providing urgent support in a partnership of 59 off five overs.

Imran Khan, Pakistan's captain, won the Man of the Match award after making 79 not out and sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 147 with Zaheer who scored a majestic 103 in Pakistan's convincing, advance to 261 for three. 

In scoring his seventh century in limited overs in internationals, Zaheer completed 2,000 runs at an average exceeding 50 and profited handsomely from dropped chances which detracted from the athleticism of New Zealand's fielding.

Chatfield failed to hold a low, return catch with Zaheer on 43 and six runs later, Lees, the wicketkeeper, moved almost casually to his right and fumbled a straightforward chance, thus adding irony to Chatfield's later sufferings. 

Delicate placements

Zaheer, with a small proporion of six boundaries in Pakistan's highest individual innings in the competition's history, thrived on delicate placement, rather than power, in vivid contrast to Imran's belligerence on an excellent wicket. 

From the initial uncertainty of 54 for two, Pakistan graduated to a lofty total with Zaheer sharing the first of two major partnerships with Miandad. They added 60 in 17 overs and the erosion of New Zealand's ambitions gathered momentum.

Coney, having tempted Mohsin into a wild, lofted drive, also induced Mudassar to play on when cutting, a fate which also befell Miandad in Hadlee's second spell. Zaheer and Imran proceeded to command the rest of the innings.

Even Hadlee, usually economy personified, conceded 47 runs of his final five overs and was driven, and once thick-edged, for six boundaries in all by Imran, whose short arm jab for a straight six off Chatfield was a testimony to timing and muscular execution. 

Turner dismissed

New Zealand's bowling degenerated from accurate to perservering amid the onslaught but whatever doubts existed about the gentility and efficiency of Pakistan's attack evaporated with the sixth-over dismissal of Turner by Sarfraz. 

Wasim Bari held a diving catch to reinforce earlier advantages and New Zealand's frustration grew with Qadir's mysteries bewitching Wright, who skied a catch to mid-on. Howarth, too, failed to master Qadir's teasing length and flight.

New Zealand's rush to the brink of victory and Pakistan's uncertainty under mounting pressure seemed unlikely when Zaheer's occasional off-spin prompted Howarth to despatch his first ball, a full toss, into Miandad's bands at square leg. 

Disappearing wickets and the need for an increasing run rate forced neurotic qualities on New Zealand's batting. Edgar, playing a vigorous pull, was lbw, Mudassar knocked back Crowe's leg stump and Hadlee drove a catch to long-on. 

Sensible batting 

Coney's staunch and sensible batting inspired the ultimate rapid accumulation of runs when 85 were required off the final 10 overs with three wickets in hand. Pakistan's authority turned into mild panic, together with consultations between Sarfraz and Imran, who used seven bowlers shrewdly.

Qadir, Rashid and Sarfraz endured punishment before Bracewell provided a catch to deep mid-wicket in the 58th over. Coney was run out in pursuit of a second run, an overthrow from Miandad and finally, David Evans, the umpire, was bowled over by encroaching spectators. He reported no ill effects afterwards. 



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