Australia vs Pakistan 7th Match Nehru Cup 1989 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs Pakistan 7th Match Nehru Cup 1989 - Nehru Cup one-day international tournament of the 4th ODI match played between Pakistan and Australia at Brabourne Stadium, Bombay in 23rd October 1989.

Opener Shoaib Mohammad's brilliant 73, before A devastating bowling spell by captain Imran Khan's 3 for 13 and Spinner Abdul Qadir's three-wicket haul helped to Pakistan resounding 66-run victory over Australia, despite a Terry Alderman's four-wicket haul in the seventh match of Nehru Cup.

Pakistan scored 205-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Shoaib Mohammad struck 73 off 121-balls including 7-fours.

Javed Miandad cracked a 34 off 44-balls including 2-fours & a six, Wasim Akram blasted a 28 off 24-balls included 2-sixes & 2-fours and Saleem Malik 15.

Australia best bowler by Terry Alderman claimed a 4-wickets for 22-runs in 10-overs including three maidens with economy rate of 2.20, Allan Border, Merv Hughes and Geoff Lawson each took one-wickets.

Australia bundled out for 139 in 43.2 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones cracked a 58 off 94-balls including 5-fours, Peter Taylor scored a unbeaten 31 off consuming 71-balls included a boundary.

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan picked up 3-wickets, Abdul Qadir captured three-wickets for 27-runs in 9-overs, Shoaib Mohammad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis each took one-wickets.

Imran Khan named Player of the match for his devastating bowling performance to picked up 3-wickets for 13-runs in 8-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 1.62.

This match reported by Garry Linnell (Third Party Reference from The Age)

Imran Khan underlined the reasons why his country refuses to let him retire when he led Pakistan to victory over Australia with a devastating bowling spell in their Nehru Cup match.

After setting Australia 206 runs for victory on an unpredictable wicket, Imran took 3/15 to help dismiss Australia for 139 in the 44th over. There was more depressing news for the Australians with the sight of Peter Taylor using a runner because of a strained thigh muscle. With Tim May already having left India with a knee injury, this series is threatening to produce more harm than good.

Imran's spell was backed up by another masterful display of leg spin by Abdul Qadir, who took 3/28 in a performance that indicates Australia faces another difficult summer at home. But it was Imran's brilliant three-over burst a third of the way into Australia's run chase that altered the game irrevocably.

The Australian innings began disastrously once again when David Boon was run out on the fourth ball of the innings. He has now scored just one run from three innings in this competition, and Mark Taylor must now be under heavy consideration to replace him.

By the 12th over, the Austratians were 2/46 after Geoff Marsh (8) snicked a ball through to keeper Salim Malik. After that, the run chase reverted to a crawl, with only 12 runs coming from the next seven overs.

It was then that Imran broke the impasse. On a wicket producing unpredictable bounce and aiding both the paceman and spinner, the Pakistan skipper had Allan Border caught at point by Javed Miandad, and then two balls later clean bowled Steve Waugh.

Within the space of 17 balls, he had also trapped Simon O'Donnell Ibw in the 23rd over to leave Australia at 5/70. With Dean Jones still at the crease, Australia still had a slight chance to steady and regroup. But that faint hope was extinguished when Jones, attempting to sweep Qadir, was judged leg before for 58.

Earlier, Border had won the toss once again and, having closely inspected the orange brown pitch, asked Pakistan to bat. From the opening delivery it was clear there would be a great deal of assistance for Geoff Lawson and Terry Alderman.

In the fourth over, Ramiz Raja spooned up an attempted drive off Lawson and saw Jones run around from mid-off to take an easy catch.
Alderman caught and bowled Shahid in the 13th over, but the crucial wicket of the morning came in the 29th over with the dismissal of Javed for 34.

After a slow and tentative start, Javed had begun to blossom, hitting Border for six in his first over as the pitch settled down. But it was that growing confidence that eventually brought about his downfall. An attempt to drive Border over the long-on fence fell short and Lawson dived athletically to his right to take a magnificent catch.



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