Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Match Reliance World Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Match Reliance World Cup 1987 - Reliance World Cup 1987 tournament of the 1st ODI match played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, Sind in 08th October 1987.

A brilliant century from Javed Miandad and Ramiz Raja's 76 sets up to Pakistan narrow 15-run victory over Sri Lanka, despite a Roshan Mahanama's fighting 89 in the opening match of a Reliance Cricket World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Javed Miandad became the third Pakistan batsman to score a century against Sri Lanka in One-day international after Zaheer Abbas and Imran Khan.
  • Javed Miandad became the second Pakistan batsman to scored five centuries in ODIs after Zaheer Abbas' 7-hundreds.
  • Javed Miandad became the third Pakistan batsman to score a century in World Cup after Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas.
  • Javed Miandad became the first Pakistan batsman to score a hundred on the opening day of the World Cup and overall the fifth player in World Cups.

Pakistan scored 267-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad struck 103 off 100-balls - which was his 5th ODI hundred, his first century against Sri Lanka in ODIs and also his first hundred in Word Cups - including 6-fours.

Ramiz Raja struck 76 off 115-balls including three boundaries, Saleem Malik 18 not out and Ijaz Ahmed 16.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Ravi Ratnayeke, Rumesh Ratnayake both took 2-wickets and one for Don Anurasiri.

Sri Lanka scored 252 for all-out in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Roshan Mahanama struck 89 off 117-balls including 7-fours & a six.

Aravinda de Silva blasted a 42 off 32-balls including 3-fours & a six with strike rate of 131.25, Asanka Gurusinha  cracked a 37 off 39-balls included 2-fours & a six and Arjuna Ranatunga scored 24 off 29-balls with 3-fours.

Pakistan best bowler by Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan each took 2-wickets and one for Mansoor Akhtar - Tauseef Ahmed.

Javed Miandad named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a 103-runs knocked off facing exact 100-balls including 6-fours.

This match reported by a Special Correspondent in Hyderabad (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

A CENTURY from Javed Miandad was the corner-stone of Pakistan's 15-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the World Cup in Hyderabad.

A second-wicket stand of 113 between Javed, whose 103 was his fifth hundred in one-day internationals, and Rameez Raja (76), ensured a big total for Pakistan, but Sri Lanka made a spirited assault on the target of 268.

Opener Roshan Mahanama kept their hopes alive with an intelligent and resourceful 89, but Sri Lanka were dismissed for 252 with four balls remaining of their allotted 50 overs.

Imran Khan won the toss for Pakistan who batted first in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000 and were assisted by some loose bowling from Sri Lanka, 18 extras coming from the first nine overs.

Ejaz Ahmed and Mansoor Akhtar made little impact but opener Rameez and Javed, who came together with the score on 67, cut loose after a quiet start against Sri Lanka's spinners.

Javed included only six fours (in his innings of 103, which came off 96 balls, but he accumulated steadily in temperatures which topped 100deg F and gradually caught up the more circumspect Rameez who took 30 overs to complete his fifty.

The opener gave Rumesh Ratnayake a simple catch off left-arm spinner Anurasiri, but Miandad continued to take advantage of some patchy Sri Lankan bowling.

Miandad was finally bowled trying to turn Ravi Ratnayake to leg, but a measure of his and Rameez's domination of the innings was that no other batsman reached 20 in a total of 267 for six.

When Sri Lanka batted Imran soon sent back Brendon Kuruppu, caught at the wicket off an out-swinger, and Roy Dias was undone by Abdul Qadir's googly which hit his middle stump.

Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga repaired the early damage but Mahanama, who opened the innings, then lost two more partners in quick succession.

First Ranatunga played on to off-spinner Tauseef Ahmed for 24. A few balls later Sri Lanka lost their captain Duleep Mendis for one, run out by a smart piece of Pakistani fielding.

That they got so close to Pakistan's total was largely due to the acceleration of Mahanama, who hit the first six of the tournament and seven fours, and aggressive support from Gurusingha (37) and de Silva (42).



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