Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1984 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1984 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 3rd ODI match played between West Indies and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 12th January 1984.

Qasim Umar's maiden half-century and Javed Miandad's valuable 41 before Azeem Hafeez's four-wicket haul, Economical bowling figures by Rashid Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz's each two wickets gives Pakistan's record 97-run victory over West Indies in a one-sided game of the third match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

* Pakistan's 97-run win was their second largest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their biggest win against West Indies in ODIs, previously they won by 8-runs at Adelaide in 1981 Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Pakistan scored 208-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Qasim Umar struck 69 off 78-balls including 4-fours.

Javed Miandad scored 41 off 79-balls without a boundary, Mudassar Nazar hit 31 off 45-balls included a boundary, Mansoor Akhtar 19 and Mohsin Khan 16.

West Indies best bowler by Michael Holding takes 2-wickets, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Eldine Baptiste and Wayne Daniel each took one-wickets.

West Indies scored 111 for all-out in 41.4 overs with top scorer by Jeff Dujon hit 30 off 65-balls including 3-fours, Joel Garner 21 not out and Malcolm Marshall 20.

Pakistan best bowler by Azeem Hafeez claimed a 4-wickets for 22-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Rashid Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz both took 2-wickets and one for Mudassar Nazar.

Qasim Umar named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a 69-runs knocked off  facing 78-balls including 4-fours.

This match reported by Peter McFarline (Third Party Reference from The Age)

Pakistan sprang the surprise of the summer so far with a clear-cut victory over the West Indies in the third match of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup competition at the MCG.

The Pakistanis breathed life back into the limited-over series, winning a one-sided contest by 97 runs against the acknowledged world champions.

In perfect conditions, the Pakistanis made a modest 8/208 from their 50 overs, then shocked everybody but themselves by dismissing the West Indies for 111.

At one stage, Clive Lloyd's men were 4/10 but a little aggression in the middle and late order saw the total reach three figures.

The result puts the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan level on two points each (one win) from two games. The competition, which in its early stages looked likely to become a two-way battle between the Caribbean and Aus-tralia, retains interest for some time now.

The West Indies total of 111 was its lowest in the competition, which began in 1979-80. The previous nadir was 132 against Pakistan in Adelaide in the summer of 1981-82. The side also made only 127 against England in St Vincent in 1981, but as Lloyd pointed out later, that was a winning score.

"We have these sort of days," the captain said later, no doubt thinking of the final of last year's World Cup when India's total of 183 proved too much by 43 runs.

While the multi-talented West Indies batted like millionaires, everything at last fell into place for Pakistan. Its batsmen struggled bravely, the bowlers were in control of direction and length and all the important catches were taken.

The West Indies are at their most susceptible when their batsmen are caught on wickets where the ball does not come onto the bat and their free-hitting technique needs adaptation. Such was the case when Viv Richards (7), Lloyd (12), Desmond Haynes (2) and Larry Gomes (1) all made mistakes with their timing as they hit aggressive strokes.

In the morning, there was little hint of a surprise result. Pakistan, batting after Imran Khan won the toss, played some handsome shots but lost wickets regularly until Javed Miandad and little Qasim Omar became associated in a fifth wicket stand of 95 in 79 minutes from 22 overs.

The pugnacious Omar has had precious little to show for his batting since his century in the third Test in Adelaide nearly a month ago. But he took up the challenge after being dropped to No. 6 in the order, scoring 69 which won him the Man of the Match award.

He faced only 78 deliveries in 91 minutes, hit four fours and generally worked the ball around the field for singles and twos that frustrated the four-man West Indian pace attack.

It was an innings he will remember for more reasons than runs. When on 34, he was hit a resounding blow in the scrotum by Joel Garner. As the ball rebounded from his body, Miandad rather unsympathetically called for a quick single. Omar ran about 20 metres in the wrong direction and in considerable pain. Later in his innings, Wayne Daniel lost control of a delivery that flew dangerously close to Omar's head as he slid to the ground. He lay there patting his heart in relief yet another of the responses that has endeared him to Australian fans this summer. And there were a surprisingly good number of fans - 13,295 - at the ground to applaud his performance.

The Omar-Miandad partnership put Pakistan on the way to respectability after Mudassar Nazar (31), Mohsin Khan (16) and Man- soor Akhtar (19) had shown hearty aggression without threatening to dominate an attack which was a little below par because of injuries to Joel Garner's knee and Malcolm Marshall's groin.

Still, 208 seemed easily within the West Indies reach. A striking rate of 4.16 has, over the years, become commonplace rather than challenging to them.

Disaster struck in the first over when Richard Gabriel was run out in a comical series of errors. He turned Sarfraz Nawaz off his hip to Miandad at leg gully and set off for a run. Miandad's throw at the stumps missed as Gabriel changed his mind.

The throw was misfielded at cover by Mansoor Akhtar and Gabriel thought there was another chance of a run. Mansoor recovered and returned as Gabriel dived back towards the crease. It was a close decision, but umpire Mel Johnson ruled that Wasim Bari had removed the bails in time.

Either Gabriel was exhausted from all his stopping and starting or he disagreed with the decision because he lay on the ground for a long time before beginning the long trudge back to the dressing

In the fifth over, the mighty Viv Richards cut Sarfraz hard and fast to the gully where Abdul Qadir justified his recall by taking the most important catch of any match against the Windies.

In the eighth over, Haynes played Rashid Khan full face into the middle stump and two overs later, Larry Gomes gave Qadir at slip his second catch as he tried to drive Rashid
Four for 10, in 9.1 overs virtually spelled the end of the West Indies bid. Lloyd (12) and Jeff Dujon (30 and top score) added 35 and Marshall (20) and Garner (21 not out) hit to some effect. But it was all too little.

Lloyd mistimed a drive, Dujon went to a running catch by Imran at mid wicket as he pulled Azeem Hafeez.

The left-handed Azeem gathered 4/22 from his 10 overs as well as snaring two catches - a remarkable effort for one with effectively the use of only one hand. The second of his catches, a reflex caught and bowled to dismiss Michael Holding, was a triumph for a cricketer over adversity.

At the end, when Wayne Daniel skied Mudassar to mid-on, it had taken the Pakistanis only 41.4 overs to win.
The West Indies would take stock, promised Lloyd, who seemed not too concerned so early in the competition, although he admitted that the loss of Gordon Greenidge was a bother at the top of the order.

Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam looked not at all surprised. He sported the knowing air of a manager of a good side out of luck for most of the season.

Those of us who have been watching for some months might not agree. But one-day cricket has proved once again it can make mice out of mighty men.



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