India vs Pakistan 6th Match Sharjah Cup 1987 Article

Read the article of India vs Pakistan 6th Match Sharjah Cup 1987 - Sharjah Cup four-nation one-day international tournament of the 6th ODI match played between Pakistan and India at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 10th April 1987.

England won the title on higher run-rate after Imran Khan's four-wickets, Wasim Akram's economical spell, Half-centuries from Ramiz Raja, Saleem Malik and Javed Miandad steers to Pakistan comfortable eight-wicket victory over India, despite a Dilip Vengsarkar's superb 95* in the sixth match of a Sharjah Cup.

India scored 183-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar cracked a unbeaten 95 off 151-balls, Manoj Prabhakar hit 33 off 51-balls included 2-fours and Kapil Dev 19.

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan claimed a 4-wickest for 27-runs in 10-overs including a maiden with economy rate of 2.70, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir both took one-wickets.

Pakistan chased 184-2 in 41.4 overs with top scorer by Saleem Malik scored a unbeaten 61 off 98-balls including 2-fours.

Ramiz Raja struck 53 off 72-balls including 4-fours and Javed Miandad hit a unbeaten 52 off 67-balls included 5-fours.

Dilip Vengsarkar named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a unbeaten 95-runs knocked off facing 151-balls including 7-fours.

David Boon earned player of the series for contributing 206-runs.

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

ENGLAND won the Sharjah Cup four-nation tournament on run rate after Pakistan beat India by eight wickets today, leaving three teams tied on two wins each.

India scored 183 for nine and Pakistan passed that total for the loss of two wickets in the 42nd over. Pakistan needed to win in 32.4 overs to finish ahead of England.

For India and Pakistan, thinking about run rates was well beyond them: the instinct for sporting fratricide came first and the Sharjah Cup second.

Meanwhile John Emburey and his team mates sat the day out, drowned in the ebbs and flows of subcontinental delirium, and left their seats winners of what has been a splendid tournament for them.

Besides winning $35,000, England's huge benefit of being here has been to knit some talented novices into the fabric of the recent England tour party. If Fairbrother, Bailey, Whitaker or Capel plays a one-day international against Pakistan this summer, he will have tested his nerves in the most competitive surroundings.

Whitaker had his glory innings on Tuesday against Pakistan, after a fragile start. Fairbrother looked the most fluent and yet was harassed into misjudgements. Neither looked out of place.

Robinson's claim

Perhaps most signifcant for the five Tests against Pakistan was the form of Robinson at no. 3. He played Abdul Qadir's wrist spin with comfort and, even allowing for the need to attack in one-day cricket, he was easily into his strokes. With Gooch back as an opener alongside Broad, Robinson could give serious competition to the middle order.

For manager Micky Stewart, too, it was a worthwhile exercise. He has been thoughtful and constructive, spending plenty of time watching the opposition play which is something England Test selectors at home would never have had the opportunity of doing.

England's two wins required tenacity and it is a credit to Emburey, the captain, that it was forthcoming. Gladstone Small was never entirely fit yet he was the most accurate seam bowler. Emburey was the next most reliable bowler.

As for this last match, the occasion was dramatic from the start. The signs read "no parking", "no betting", "no room". The whole show was a tempest of ex-pat, Indo-Pak jingoism. There were so many photographs taken at the start. I saw a photographer taking a snap of a team of photographers.

The Pakistanis were delirious when Imran won the toss and made India bat. For the next five overs there was a crescendo of pandemonium and three wickets fell for 7 runs, Gavaskar being bowled for nought by Imran, Srikkanth flashing and being caught behind, and Azharuddin was too late on a straight one.

Glorious strokes

Vengsarkar played played the innings of the day, first fighting off the fast bowlers and then playing with the straightest bat: a glorious compilation of strokes. He was helped by Prabharkar and India set some sort of target at least.

There was an early scare for Pakistan when Ejaz was out, but otherwise Rameez, Salim Malik and Javed Miandad coasted. There was a moment when they looked intent on challenging England's run rate to win the cup-they had to get their 184 in 32 overs and four balls-but victory over India was enough sweetness for a day and they settled for that.



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