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England vs Pakistan Benson & Hedges Challenge Final 1986-87 Highlights

Watch the highlights of England vs Pakistan Benson & Hedges Challenge Final 1986-87 - Benson & Hedges Challenge one-day international tournament of the Final played between Pakistan and England at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth in 07th January 1987.


Three-wicket hauls from Ian Botham and Gladstone Small before A solid Innings by middle-order batsmen Allan Lamb and Mike Gatting steer to England convincing five-wicket victory over Pakistan and clinch the title in a low-scoring final match of a Benson and Hedges Challenge.


Pakistan scored 166-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad cracked a unbeaten 71 off 127-balls including six boundaries, Ramiz Raja 22, Qasim Umar 21 and Manzoor Elahi 20.

England best bowler by Gladstone Small picked up 3-wickets for 28-runs in 10-overs, Ian Botham strikes two-wickets, Mike Gatting, Graham Dilley and John Emburey each took one-wickets.

England chased 167-5 in 40.1 overs with top scorer by Mike Gatting struck 49 off 72-balls - who fell one-run short of his half-century - including 4-fours.

Allan Lamb scored 47 off 79-balls including 4-fours, David Gower hit 31 off 39-balls included four-fours and Ian Botham hit a unbeaten 23 off 22-balls with 3-fours.

Pakistan best bowler by Wasim Akram picked up 3-wickets for 27-runs in 10-overs with economy rate of 2.70 and Imran Khan took 2-wickets.



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


ENGLAND'S cricketers go into Saturday's final Test in Sydney on the crest of a wave after comfortably beating Pakistan in the final of the Benson and Hedges Challenge.

They cruised home by five wickets with all but 10 overs to spare, Botham crashing the winning boundary just before a spectacular firework display had rockets cascading over the WACA ground.

It had been a good toss for England to win. Gatting put Pakistan in on the bouncier of the two pitches used for this tournament. It turned out to be even livelier after being watered two day ago
Pakistan were limited to 166 for nine and would have fared much worse had Javed Miandad, holding the whole piece together, not made an unbeaten 77. "Our bowlers and fielders did an excellent job," Gatting said.

But there were early setbacks when England began their' reply, Athey and Broad falling for one and nought respectively, and Gower for 31.


Solid stand

Lamb (47) and Gatting (49), both of whom got out before the end, then made sure of victory with a stand of 89.

The captain was asked if England could not achieve a treble-two legs of the Test series and this Challenge already in the bag-by winning the triangular Benson and Hedges' World Series involving Australia and the West Indies later this month and next.

"We've got a good chance, if we go on performing as well as here," Gatting said. We can give the West Indies a very good run for their money."
Broad, for the second time in successive matches, was given out by umpire Dick French when the television replay told a different story.

On this occasion, he was adjudged caught by the wicket keeper off a ball that clearly brushed his hip. In moving away from the crease afterwards, Broad may have given a mistaken impression to French that he was "walking".

Two days ago, French had ruled Pakistan's Rameez Raja run out off a no-ball in debatable circumstances.

Difficult decisions

Gatting said: "Dick has had a couple of difficult decisions, but he's done a good job overall. We've been very happy with the standard of umpiring generally. The Test umpires have done a very good job."

Dilley replaced Foster from the side which beat Pakistan in the curtain-raiser on Monday.

Pakistan, having named the same XI for the third successive game, were never able to loosen the grip of England's purposeful out-cricket.

This in spite of the best efforts of Javed Miandad, who entered the fray on the fall of the second wicket, at 36 in the 15th over, and finished with 77 not out off 127 balls.

So skilfully did he farm the strike during the last nine overs, in which he received 49 out of the 54 balls sent down during a last-wicket stand with Jaffar, that he enabled Pakistan's innings to last its full course.

England's bowling was uniformly accurate and their fielding splendid, and it was certainly no fun batting against DeFreitas and Dilley in a fiery opening spell. Qasim was hit on the shoulder by a nasty lifter from Dilley.

Dilley, bowled Shoaib in his second over. Botham captured three wickets in his 10 overs. The first of these, and one that England wanted was that of Qasim, caught off a slash to third man.

He then had Rameez Raja very well caught by Athey at wide mid-on, and the left hander Asif taken in the covers off a stroke borne borne of
desperation.

When Imran was caught behind, undone by a ball from Gatting that bounced higher, Pakistan were only 89-5 off 33 overs, and another dangerous customer had departed.

Mansoor, a rugged striker, and Javed then added 38 before Small, in his timely. second spell, swept away three wickets with his last nine balls.

Emburey had Mudassar caught in the covers and Pakistan had plunged from 127-5 to 131-9 and England, whatever Javed might now achieve, were in command.

Javed was named man-of-the-match by Rod Marsh and won an 18-ct gold Longines watch.

As winners of the Challenge, England have taken almost £10,000 to add to the £4,500 they earned for their success in the three round-robin matches.


                   

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