36 years of the World Cup—1992

36 years of the World Cup1992

Winner: Pakistan

12th match: Australia vs India at Brisbane

Needing four runs from one ball off Tom Moody (3/56), Javagal Srinath (8*) swung towards deep midwicket; the ball appeared to be sailing over the boundary but found Steve Waugh, who dropped the catch just inside the rope. Waugh threw the ball to wicketkeeper David Boon, who ran out Venkatapathy Raju short of completing the third run that would have tied the score.

Earlier, Australia were helped by Dean Jones’ 90 in 109 balls to reach 237. India fell short by one run in an innings that had four run-outs, including top scorers Mohammed Azharuddin (93) and Sanjay Manjrekar (47).

22nd match: Pakistan vs South Africa at Brisbane

Inzamam-ul-Haq’s run out by Jonty Rhodes will always remain etched in memory, an image that later graced thousands of magazine covers. Rhodes ran and threw himself on the stumps to capitalize on a misunderstanding between Inzamam-ul-Haq (48) and Imran Khan (34). “There was a 50% chance that I’d hit the stumps if I threw, and a 100% chance of hitting the stumps with ball in hand. The fastest way I could cover the last metre and a half was head-first. It was just the right thing to do at the time," Rhodes said after the match. Chasing 211, Pakistan fell short by 20 runs.

2nd semi-final: England vs South Africa at Sydney

The dreaded and complicated Duckworth-Lewis method stung South Africa in this one. Chasing 252, South Africa needed 22 runs from 13 balls with Brian McMillan (21*) and Dave Richardson (13*) batting when rain stopped the game. When play resumed, the Duckworth-Lewis method brought the target to 21 from one ball. Earlier, Graeme Hick (83 from 90 balls) helped England reach 252 from 45 overs.

Captain’s charisma: Imran Khan retired in 1987 but came back to lead Pakistan to World Cup victory in 1992.

(In the run-up to the 10th World Cup, this is the fourth in a weekly series of highlights from previous World Cups. For the series so far, log www.livemint.com/worldcuphistory

Compiled by Manoj Madhavan.

Source: Espncricinfo.com

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