Australia vs Pakistan Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1989-90 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs Pakistan Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1989-90 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the second final played between Pakistan and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 25th February 1990.

Top-order batsmens Mark Taylor's masterful 76, Tom Moody and Dean Jones' forties before Three-wicket hauls from Simon O'Donnell and Peter Taylor helped to Australia resounding 69-run victory over Pakistan and took an unassailable 2-0 lead to clinch the title in the best-of-three finals of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Australia scored 255-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Mark Taylor cracked a 76 off 116-balls including four boundaries.

Dean Jones scored 46 off 52-balls including a boundary, Tom Moody cracked a 44 off 62-balls included 4-fours.

Allan Border scored a unbeaten 34 off 35-balls including 2-fours and Ian Healy 15.

Pakistan best bowler by Mushtaq Ahmed took 2-wickets and one for Imran Khan - Nadeem Ghauri.

Pakistan scored 186 for all-out in 45 overs with top scorer by Saleem Yousuf struck 59 off 75-balls including 6-fours.

Wasim Akram blasted a 36 off 30-balls including 6-fours & a six with strike rate of 120, Ijaz Ahmed scored 29 off 45-balls included a boundary, Waqar Younis hit a unbeaten 20 off 29-balls with a six and Saleem Malik 15.

Australia best bowler by Simon O'Donnell picked up 3-wickets for 38-runs in 6-overs including a maiden, Peter Taylor captured three-wickets for 43-runs in 10-overs, Terry Alderman took 2-wickets and one for Greg Campbell.

This match reported by The Canberra Times Staff (Third Party Reference from The Canberra Times)

Australia wrapped up the World Series Cup finals series 2-0, brutally exposing Pakistan's claim to be the world's second best cricketing nation.

But captain Allan Border was reluctant to take over the mantle even though Pakistan skipper Imran Khan figured the Australians probably deserved it.

The best-of-three finals series degenerated into an anti-climax at the Sydney Cricket Ground with Australia's 69-run victory today following a seven-wicket mauling of the Pakistanis in Melbourne last Friday.

With Border again winning the toss, the Australians scored 6-255 off 50 overs, then bundled the Pakistanis out for 186 with five overs to spare.

On top of Australia's 1-0 Test-series win last month, it left Imran - who boasted of Pakistan's No 2 world ranking less than two months ago "annoyed and angry.

"We can't claim to be number two in the world. It annoys and angers me, but I can't claim it because of the way we have played here," he said.

Asked if Australia had any justification in laying claim to the title, he replied: "Yes, they can what else can I say. We can't... we didn't play well enough on tour, it's as simple as that."
But Border felt it was far too soon for such lofty thoughts.

"Pakistan have built up a pretty fair record over a period of years and we've had 13 or 14 good months now," he said.
"We've beaten Pakistan at home in a Test series and now a one-day series, but I still think we've got say another 12 months of really good cricket in front of us to lay claim to that title."

One consequence of the finals triumph Border had no hesitation acceping was a cheque for $44,000-$32,000 in prize-money plus a $12,000 winning bonus.

The Australians had already earned $109,500 in prizemoney and individual awards from the World Series Cup preliminary competition.
And the team kitty was further boosted by $2000 when Victoria's Dean Jones was named player of the finals series.

Jones backed up yesterday from his. unbeaten 83 at the MCG on Friday with a stylish 46 yesterday before he was run out by his skipper.

But the foundation for today's win was laid by opener Mark Taylor who scored 76 his best one-day innings while Tom Moody contributed 44 and Border 34 off only 35 deliveries after he'd won the toss.

Abysmal Pakistani fielding allowed the Australians to poach at least another 30 runs in the helter-skelter latter stages of the innings.
Imran described Pakistan's fielding performance as "no better than a club side.

The Pakistan innings began disastrously with both openers back in the pavilion with only six runs on the board.

All-rounder Wasim Akram provided a glimmer of hope by blazing 36 off 30 deliveries, including a six and six fours before he was stumped off spinner Peter Taylor.



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