Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Match Benson & Hedges Challenge 1986-87 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Match Benson & Hedges Challenge 1986-87 - Benson & Hedges Challenge one-day international tournament of the 3rd ODI match played between Pakistan and Australia at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth in 02nd January 1987.

Qasim Umar's brilliant half-century, A superb unbeaten 60 by No.8 batsman Asif Mujtaba and No.9 Wicket-keeper batsman Saleem Yousuf's crucial 31 helped to Pakistan extraordinary one-wicket win against Australia and enter into the in a last-over thriller of the third match of a Benson and Hedges Challenge.

Match Stats : 
  • Dean Jones became the fourth player to score back-to-back hundreds in One-day internationals but the first to achieve the feat on successive days. Some days separated the achievements of England's David Gower (against New Zealand, 1982-83), West Indies' Desmond Haynes (against Austra- lia, 1984) and England's Graham Gooch (against Australia, 1985).
  • 173 : Dean Jones and Steve Waugh set up the record fourth-wicket partnership in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record held by the unbeaten 157-run stand between Robbie Kerr and Dean Jones against England at Melbourne in 1985, It is the Australia's highest any-wicket partnership against Pakistan in ODIs, previously held by the 140-run stand between Kepler Wessels and Allan Border at Sydney in 1984 and the Australia's fourh highest any-wicket stand in ODIs.
  • Dean Jones became the second Australian batsman to score a century against Pakistan in ODIs after Steve Smith.
  • Dean Jones became the sixth Australian batsman to scored two centuries in One-day internationals.
  • Dean Jones' 121 was the fifth highest score for Australia in One-day international and the highest-score by an Australian batsman against Pakistan in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 106 held by Steve Smith at Sydney in 1984.

Australia scored 273-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones a career-best 121 off 113-balls - which was his 2nd ODI hundred and his first century against Pakistan in ODIs - including 9-fours & 2-sixes with strike rate of 107.07.

Steve Waugh cracked a 82 off 102-balls including 5-fours & a six and Geoff Marsh hit 28 off 46-balls included 4-fours

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan, Wasim Akram both took 2-wickets and one for Mudassar Nazar.

Pakistan chased 274-9 in 49.5 overs with top scorer by Qasim Umar struck 67 off 80-balls including 10-fours.

Asif Mujtaba hit a career-best unbeaten 60 off 56-balls including 5-fours. Manzoor Elahi hit 48 off 44-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century - included 5-fours & a six.

Saleem Yousuf cracked a 31 off 27-balls including 4-fours and Imran Khan scored 20 off 23-balls included one-six & a four.

Australia best bowler by Steve Waugh claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 48-runs in 9.5-overs, Ken MacLeay, Mike Whitney both took 2-wickets and one for Bruce Reid.

This match reported by Peter West (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

PAKISTAN'S extraordinary defeat of Australia by one wicket off the last but one delivery of their innings was not the result England wanted in the quadrangular Benson & Hedges challenge

Had Australia won, as they certainly should have done after scoring 273 for six in 50 overs, England would now be heading the round-robin table with a game in hand.

Nevertheless, if England can beat West Indies today or Paki- stan on Monday, they should also go through to the last round. Their victory over Australia on New Year's Day was achieved with the high striking rate of 5-55. Pakistan must now feel assured of a place in the final, with the rate of 5-13.

If England should lose to West Indies, and West Indies should then beat Australia tomorrow, an England victory over Pakistan would have three countries level with four points each, and the two going through to the final next Wednesday would be decided on run rate.

Pakistan might not be too sorry to lose to England on Monday if by so doing they keep West Indies out of the final.

How Australia failed to defend such an imposing total yesterday, only then can know. But full credit to Pakistan for keeping going all the way after their cause had seemed lost, midway through the innings.

Qasim Omar launched the Pakistan innings in such inspiring fashion that anything seeme possible. Australia then regained control, working their way steadily through the middle order.

But Imran Manzoor, a beefy
striker who hit 48 off 44 balls, Saleem, and Asif (60 not out off 56 balls), refused to give up the chase. The target that one time looked beyond their capacity was reduced, with two overs left, to 19 runs.

The penultimate over, mainly to the little left-hander Asif, produced 12 of these. Wasim perished to the first ball of the last over, but the No. 11, Jaffar, kept his head, the deed was done and Australia, stunned and forlorn, lost yet again.

Seven bowlers

A second 100 by Jones in two days inside 24 hours in fact - and a partnership of 173 with Waugh, which was a one-day international world record for the third wicket, ensured that Australia, after winning the toss, would set their opponents just a tough a task as England had demanded of Australia two day ago.

Once the Jones-Waugh partnership had become established, there was little Pakistan could do to restrain its increasing impetus. Imran used seven bowlers. Three of them were plugging the gap as his fifth operator, conceding 70 runs off 10 overs.

Having completed his hundred off exactly that number of balls, Jones was out. He hit nine fours and two sixes. Waugh's 82 included five fours and one six. Jones was later named Player of the Match.

I have seen some exciting innings here this summer-by Botham, Gower, Border, Jones and Waugh but nothing bet ter of its kind than Qasim making 50 in 47 balls.

The speed of his early runs can be explained partly because there must be seven fielders within a 30-yard radius for the first 15 overs of an innings. Qasim punctured that infield with shots off front foot and back.

Even Reid, the steadiest Australian bowler this summer, was despatched for four offside boundaries in one over.

Australia have been fined £280 for bowling 49 instead of 50 overs against England on Thursday in the 3 hours.



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