Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Match Sharjah Cup 1987 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Match Sharjah Cup 1987 - Sharjah Cup four-nation one-day international tournament of the 2nd ODI match played between Australia and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 03rd April 1987.

Pace bowlers Wasim Akram, Manzoor Elahi's early, Opener Mudassar Nazar's all-round display and Stand-in captain Javed Miandad's unbeaten 74 helped to Pakistan convincing six-wicket victory over Australia in the second match of a Sharjah Cup.

Australia scored 176-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by David Boon struck 71 off 132-balls including 6-fours & a six.

Simon O'Donnell hit 54 off 69-balls including 2-sixes & 2-fours and Steve Smith 8.

Pakistan best bowler by Mudassar Nazar picked up 3-wickets for 44-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Manzoor Elahi and Wasim Akram both took 2-wickets.

Pakistan chased 180-4 in 46.4 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad hit a unbeaten 74 off 97-balls including 8-fours, Mudassar Nazar scored 64 off 135-balls included 4-fours and Manzoor Elahi 12 not out.

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

FIVE MINUTES after Pakistan had beaten Australia with a comfortable three overs and two balls to spare, a man announced on the public address system that he was such a fan of Javed Miandad that he was giving him a personal gift of £17,500 for being Man of the Match. It was no hoax.

Giving money to Miandad is almost a cult. It was a year ago that he hit a six off the last ball in Sharjah to win a victory for Pakistan over India, after which the cash presents accumulated back in Pakistan were said to be over £100,000.

Today Javed was leading Pakistan in Imran Khan's absence. Australia were no problem from the moment they were 8 for 3 in the third over, Wasim Akram and Mansoor Elahi managing to swing the new ball considerably.

There followed some repair work and a surge from Simon O'Donnell and David Boon. They put on 114 before O'Donnel cruelly was adjudged run-out.

Gentle seamers

Mudassar, with gentle seamers, kept trapping batsmen who fancied slogging him. The pitch was plumb, the weather perfect. and Australia's total of 176 was nowhere near enough to win.

They did make a keen start, lots of fielders clapping their hands at bowlers, trying to invoke the unplayable ball. But the removel of Rameez and Salim only opened the gate for Pakistan's living charity, Javed. Mudassar played some strong shots to the leg side but it was Javed who was the complete master of the situation.

Then came the time when he wanted to fight the whole Australian team. Mudassar had been run out. The big Australian quickie Davis, veered to the right in his follow-through to field a ball at mid-wicket. Alas he mowed down Mudassar who ended up a dozen yeards out of his crease when the bails went off.

Javed, who once raised a bat in anger at Dennis Lillee, decided to finish the game savagely with sixes, slashing fours and impudent singles. Demoralised, the Australians settled for a heavy defeat but their heads dropped even further when they heard that Javed had hit the dollar jackpot as well.

India and England are the other two teams in the four-nation, 50-over tournament.



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