Pakistan vs England Consolation Match Rothmans Four-Nations Cup 1985 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs England Consolation Match Rothmans Four-Nations Cup 1985 - Rothmans Four-Nations one-day international  tournament of the Consolation ODI match played between England and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 26th March 1985.

A patience 71 by skipper Javed Miandad before Bowlers attack helped to Pakistan comfortable 43-run victory over England and relegated them to last place in the tournament of the Consolation match of a Rothmans Four-Nations Cup.

Pakistan scored 175-7 in 50 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad hit a unbeaten 71 off 117-balls.

Mudassar Nazar scored 36 off 85-balls including two boundaries, Ashraf Ali 19 not out and Ramiz Raja 16.

England best bowler by Norman Gifford took 4-wickets for 23-runs in 10-overs with economy rate of 2.30, Derek Pringle took 2-wickets and one for Phil Edmonds.

England scored 132 for all-out in 48.2 overs with top scorer by Rob Bailey  cracked a unbeaten 41 off 83-balls without a boundary, Graeme Fowler 19 and Derek Pringle 13.

Pakistan best bowler by Shoaib Mohammad picked up 3-wickets for 20-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Tahir Naqqash, Wasim Akram both took 2-wickets and one for Tauseef Ahmed - Imran Khan.

Javed Miandad named Player of the match for his patience captain innings of 71-runs knocked off facing 117-balls including three boundaries.

This match reporte d by Tony Lewis (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

PAKISTAN comfortably beat England by 43 runs and relegated them to last place in the tournament for the Rothmans Trophy played in Sharjah.

Pakistan, put in to bat, scored 175 for seven in their 50 overs, and England, always behind the run rate, were all out in the 49th over for 132.

The great gap between the sides was the brilliant innings of 71 by Javed Miandad on a sharply turning pitch.

Technically excellent, he was always easing the ball inventively with the spin and so disrupted the rhythm of Edmonds that the England spinner had to be taken off after six overs.

Vulnerable spin

The moments of England control came when Pocock and Gifford were bowling. Pocock did well to restrict the run-rate. because no more than five fielders are allowed on the leg side in this competition and an off-spinner is especially vulnerable.

Gifford was superb, wheeling away with impeccable length and considerable spin. He gave England their one glimpse of superiority when he removed. Mudassar and Imran in successive balls and then Shoaib.

When England batted, Imran bowled quickly but found Fowler and Robinson in good form. Fowler was unlucky to chop a ball on to his boot and to see Javed Miandad race several yards to take a diving catch.

Other England batsmen tried to meet the off-spin of Tauseef and Shoaib with grand strokes to the off side and were bowled.

Bailey was more flexible and played solid attacking strokes as England vainly attempted to get 71 to win off the last 10 overs.

Australia meet India in the final on Friday.



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