It was a moment by which legends are born. And then, in the space of two deliveries, came a pair of let-offs will surely haunt Pringle to the end of his days. SK Flashback: Imran Khan leads Pakistan to 1992 World Cup … Faced with a stiff target of 250, England had been rocking at 69 for 4 but found, in Neil Fairbrother's eye for a deflected single and Allan Lamb's old-school pugnacity, a fifth-wicket pairing with the requisite fight to take the game deep. After another new-ball burst in which Wasim's consummate skill had been undermined by the degree of movement on offer, his return with an older, tamer ball wrecked the contest. Miandad, in his fifth World Cup, duly became the first Pakistani to score 1000 runs at the tournament, and by the time he was finally extracted in the 40th over for 58 - unfurling the reverse-sweep against Illingworth where conventional mowing through the line had been serving him just fine - the arrival of the helmetless Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's break-out star of the semi-final, wasn't exactly a blessing. He might have been caught in the gully on 1 as Lewis bent his back in an excellent new-ball spell, before scuffing a drive inches short of midwicket two balls later. But what a trio they proved to be. Coming in at No. Throw in another display of unfettered strokeplay from Inzamam-ul-Haq in the latter stages of Pakistan's innings, and it's clear this triumph - Imran's overlord status notwithstanding - was a testament to Pakistan's eternal faith in youth. On this day in 1992: Pakistan seals a triumph of faith, spirit - … RRR: 9.80, Wellington won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining). He tweets at @miller_cricket, Final (D/N), Melbourne, Mar 25 1992, Benson & Hedges World Cup, What we learned from watching the 1992 World Cup final in full again, Wides, lbw calls, swing - plenty of things were different in white-ball cricket back then. Pakistan defeated England by 22 runs to lift the coveted title. Pakistan vs England 1992 World Cup Final Highlights HD - CAPTAIN IMRAN KHAN - WINNING TEAM OF PAKISTAN. The critical moment came as the players paused for drinks after 34 overs of England's run-chase. Pringle accounted for both openers in that first spell, Aamer Sohail for 4, who flashed with flat feet at one that nipped off the deck outside off, before Rameez Raja was pinned lbw for 8 by the inducker, a brace of deliveries that showcased his mastery of seam position, honed in so many Championship-winning seasons at Chelmsford. And if that was good in isolation, then the follow-up to Chris Lewis conferred the double-whammy instant iconic status - a flip of the shiny side of the ball to unleash a howling inswinger, one that started so wide of off stump, Lewis might have believed it would be called as such, before hurtling back through his defences as if caught in a gravitational pull, to smash the top of the stumps, and confirm that England's hopes were gone. In the final, winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat with Ijaz Ahmed coming in as the only change from their semi final against New Zealand, while England too had one change with Derek Pringle replacing Gladstone Small. The 1992 Cricket World Cup (officially the Benson & Hedges World Cup 1992) was the fifth staging of the Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Twenty eight years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. msn back to ... he got a little angry because he had just gotten an out from a low score." ALSO READ: Akram gets into the swing of things. At 163 for 3 with ten overs in which to make merry, the stage was perfectly set for Pakistan's much-vaunted finishers. And with the bat, he suffered the ignominy of a sixth-ball duck, adjudged caught behind off an Akram lifter, even as umpire Aldridge was beginning his walk to square leg. World Cup Countdown: 1992 - Pakistan ace a World Cup of many … 1992 Cricket World Cup Final Pakistan v England In Cricket. But how they were made to battle by a team that came into the final as favourites after a supremely disciplined campaign, but who crucially lacked the same youthful spark to augment the ageing giants in their line-up. But it was Imran himself who had the next key let-off when, on 9 from 41 balls, Phil DeFreitas banged in a short ball that rushed onto a pre-meditated pull. Pakistan hold nerve to defend 249 in gripping final and become champions of the world. Imran Khan's cornered giants defy the odds: 1992 World Cup stats … The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England. Miandad, who had scored 8832 runs in 124 Tests and 7381 runs in 233 ODIs for Pakistan, said Imran Khan-led side were pretty lucky to qualify to the knockout stages in 1992 World Cup. ... 3:06. Highlights of the 1992 Cricket World Cup Final Pakistan v England Part 2.Great tournament and great final too. Pakistan captain Imran Khan holds the 1992 World Cup Trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March, 1992. The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England. Chasing, Pakistan's 249, England couldn't get an impressive start. It was a tactic fraught with risk, especially once the canny old pro Pringle had proven his fitness after missing the South Africa match with a rib injury. On both occasions umpire Bucknor shook his head, and Pringle could only flap his hands in disgust, ruing a moment lost, but confident it could yet come again. Akram, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, also dismissed Allan Lamb (31) and Chris Lewis (0) with his violently swinging deliveries. Imran knew it too. In the end, it had to be Imran. Like a tiger: Imran Khan, centre, celebrates with teammates after winning the 1992 World Cup. The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England. The suave and the charismatic Imran Khan coaxed Pakistan’s ‘wounded tigers’ on the path to a dramatic World Cup title Down Under in 1992. Pakistan openers Rameez Raja and Aamer Sohail struggled against Pringle and Chris Lewis, as both were dismissed cheaply. South Africa would have have contested the 1992 World Cup final on their maiden appearance after more than two decades of isolation due to apartheid if it were possible to score … Manipulating the new ball like a yo-yo on its string, Pringle served up a supreme spell of wickedly intelligent medium pace, bowling eight overs off the reel for 13 runs, with only his own size-12s breaking the spell, as he overstepped for a total of five no-balls, coupled with three wides. Check out PM Imran Khan's photo from 1992, a few months after … This Day That Year: Imran Khan-Led Pakistan Taste World Cup … 4:24. With the ball, Derek Pringle produced one of the great losing performances in World Cup history, and Gooch and Lamb both had their moments with the bat. But as Imran might as well have muttered during a mid-over conflab, "Ghabrana nahin hai (don't panic)". For England, Derek Pringle claimed three wickets conceding 22 runs in his allotted 10 overs. Mind you, Pakistan's own innings hadn't started much better. South Africa would have have contested the 1992 World Cup final on their maiden appearance after more than two decades of isolation due to apartheid if it were possible to score 21 off one ball. The scorecard will say that Pakistan outlasted England to win by 22 runs - and Imran's role was fittingly front-and-centre, in particular a captain's innings of 72 that set the agenda for everything that followed. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of Pakistan vs South Africa, 22nd Match, Mar 08, Benson Hedges World Cup, 1992 on Cricbuzz Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed claimed three wickets apiece to limit the England batting line-up to just 227. On a video shared on Twitter, a fan is seen having a conversation with a reporter on Imran Khan’s role in the 1992 World Cup. Fairbrother withstood as best he could, top-scoring for England with a gutsy 62, but Pakistan had too many snake-charming overs left in their repertoire for their opponents to get back on track. Until Akram's intercession, it seemed that Mushtaq Ahmed's outrageous googly to Graeme Hick might prove to be the crowning moment of the night, but his 3 for 41 was no less critical for being upstaged. PAKISTAN WORLD CUP CRICKET 1992, THEME SONG OF CRICKET WORLD CUP 1992, IMRAN KHAN, E Collection. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of England vs Pakistan, Final, Mar 25, Benson Hedges World Cup, 1992 on Cricbuzz In our #RetroLive series, we rewind to classic matches to bring you the ball-by-ball commentary and match coverage as if the games were happening live, for the first time. Wasim Akram bowls Chris Lewis with a ripper in the 1992 World Cup final. Here's a quick recap of the successful campaign down under, When Wasim Akram swung Pakistan to their first global title, 'It takes a great leader to pick his team up from a low point', Day 3 - Session 3: England trail by 110 runs. Whereas Imran was content to plant an imperious front foot down the wicket, blocking the straight ones and leaving those outside off, his partner got off to an unusually skittish start by the standards of his formidable tournament. Pakistan's captain, leader, talisman and icon is into his 40th year and will surely never be seen again on a cricket field after this, the triumph to end all triumphs. Team skipper Imran Khan was lauded as Pakistan’s hero after the win. On 72, having done his bit and more, he aimed an ambitious wipe at his fellow legendary allrounder Botham, and picked out Illingworth on the edge of long-on boundary. Sure enough, the introduction of Ian Botham broke the shackles a touch, as Miandad skipped to the pitch of a drive through mid-on for four in an opening over that yielded nine. He cracked four fours in his 18-ball 33, including a brace of venomous swipes to wreck Lewis's figures in his final over, and though Pringle returned to outfox Inzamam for a richly deserved third wicket, a target of 250 - four more than England had failed to chase in Calcutta five years earlier - was daunting. Pakistan team created history by grabbing their first World Cup title win ever by defeating England in the final of the 1992 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In fact, in luring the ever-dangerous Graham Gooch to his doom on the slog-sweep for 29, he arguably did as much as anyone to point Pakistan towards glory. Retropreview: Will England be third-time lucky against 'cornered tigers' Pakistan? But slowly but surely, the MCG's vast outfield began to look chock-full of scoring opportunities, as England's tiring team - already feeling the strain after a long winter campaign - began to be pulled apart at the seams. Imran Khan’s side was almost eliminated from the competition in the first round itself when their captain urged the team to fight like ‘cornered tigers’ and they went onto win the World Cup beating favourites New Zealand in the semis and England in the finals. Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. Cornered Tigers: Imran Khan comments (1992 World Cup Final) Imran Khan's famous "cornered tiger" comments spur on his team and country at the toss 1992 World Cup final against England Melbourne. On this day, March 25, 1992: Imran Khan inspires Pakistan to … Their stand had exactly doubled England's total to 138 and reeled the requirement back to a manageable seven an over, when Imran decided it was time to turn back to his strike bowler, Wasim Akram, with licence to let rip. With reverse-swing from the outset, England were on their guard, but even knowing what was liable to come his way, Lamb had no response to a delivery from the Gods, an inswinging, out-seaming gut-twister that snaked one way then the other, opening the batsman up like a can of worms before kissing past a groping edge to flick the outer half of his off stump. England boast an extraordinarily balanced XI, while Pakistan have got here with bursts of timely inspiration, Retroreport: Wasim Akram magic wins it for Imran Khan's cornered tigers, Imran's tigers: The story of Pakistan's 1992 triumph, It's 25 years since Imran Khan lifted the World Cup in Melbourne. And handed the reins to his other young gun, Akram. World Cup Final at Melbourne 1992 Pakistan beat England Imran Khan and members of the Pakistan team at the moment of victory having bowled England out for 227 65835-19 Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Their campaign is a reminder of Pakistan’s stunning World Cup win in 1992. With teasing shape back into the right-hander's front pad, Miandad was rapped plumb in front of the stumps, then plumber still - from an even fuller length, so taking out any doubt about the height. With Pakistan struggling at 4-22, skipper Imran Khan led from the front with his career-best 136 against a strong Australian bowling line-up in Adelaide, 1990. CS Flashback: The Miracle of 1992 -Imran Khan's World Cup | … At 96 for 2 after 30, they were getting anxious for a wicket. His old-pro outswingers had hoovered up 15 wickets in England's run to the final, but just one belated scalp on the night. Between them, Inzamam and Akram drained England's troops of their resolve, adding 75 in 53 balls between them, with Inzamam's initial flurry of four fours in his first ten balls giving way to a supporting role as Wasim took up the cudgels in the final five overs. It was held in Australia and New Zealand from 22 February to 25 March 1992, and finished with Pakistan beating England by 22 runs in the final to become the World Cup champions for the first time. It's 25 years since Imran Khan lifted the World Cup in Melbourne. Pakistan didn't have a good start as they lost their openers Aamer Sohail (4) and Rameez Raja (8) in quick succession. Jazba TV. On a lively deck with juicy early movement for the seamers, their gameplan had been clear from the outset. Shah Rukh Khan admits he is a 'big' Imran Khan fan. If there was an error in England's approach, it was their failure to take the attack sooner to the left-arm spin of Aamer Sohail, who burgled his way through 10 overs for 49 in the crucial mid-innings rebuild, and allowed Pakistan to paper over the fact that, with all due respect to Imran's glorious past, they came into the game with just three frontline bowlers. Wasim Akram sent Ian Botham for a duck to give his team the first breakthrough. WATCH: How Imran Khan led Pakistan as captain World Cup win in … But when, with the game out of reach for England and only pride left to fight for, Richard Illingworth launched a tired wipe to Rameez Raja on the edge of the ring, it was Imran Khan, the bowler, whose upraised arms confirmed the end of a career-long quest, and the seizure of Pakistan's maiden World Cup triumph. The match panned out much as the two teams' runs to the final had done - England, the early pace-setters, pushing Pakistan to the absolute brink in the opening exchanges, only for a few moments of good fortune to turn the tide and drain the energies of the men in light blue. Imran Khan lifts the World Cup after Pakistan beat England in the 1992 final at Melbourne Cricket Ground Getty Images. Bed in at all cost, at the expense even of forward momentum, and trust their middle-order artillery to reprise the late onslaught that unseated New Zealand in Saturday's thrilling semi-final. Pakistan team created history by grabbing their first World Cup title win ever by defeating England in the final of the 1992 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. RRR: 5.41, Sixers need 188 runs in 115 balls. The first four English batsmen were all back inside the hut with the score on 69. Pakistan 249 for 6 (Imran 72, Miandad 58, Pringle 3-22) beat England 227 (Fairbrother 62, Akram 3-49, Mushtaq 3-41) by 22 runs. Imran Khan … 4:24. Inzamam-ul-Haq too chipped in with 42 off 32 balls and took the team to a respectable total of 249 runs. For even with those let-offs, Pakistan were seemingly going nowhere on 34 for 2 at the 17-over drinks break. CRR: 2.95, Afghanistan need 248 runs from 45.5 overs. But Ian Botham's last hurrah was less of a joy. Initially Miandad seemed to know it more acutely than his captain. World Cup 1992: When Pakistan cricket was revolutionised - … England and Pakistan played each other in the league round, but Pakistan were lucky to escape with a draw even though Pakistan were dismissed for 74. Twenty eight years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. But at 24 for 2 in the ninth over, and with Pakistan's veteran pairing of Imran and Miandad already united at the crease, both teams knew that the game could be won and lost with the next breakthrough. He departed to a rich ovation, safe in the knowledge that he had risen to the occasion in what will surely now be his final, final farewell. And then, slowly at first, but then in a crescendo with bat and later with ball, Pakistan shed their inhibitions and turned to their inner tigers to finish with a roar that no opponent could have withstood. And by the time Pakistan had sprinkled their magic on the contest, it was overwhelming. Twenty seven years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “On This Day in 1992, the Imran Khan-led Pakistan were crowned ICC Men's Cricket World Cup champions for the first time after beating England in the final in Melbourne by 22 runs. The boy-turned-man who took that catch, sprinting, stretching, sprawling at deep midwicket for an inspired take - was the zippy seamer Aaqib Javed, whose precociously commanding performance at the top and tail of the innings returned figures of 2 for 27 to ensure that the injured Waqar Younis was barely given a passing mention. And yet, the numbers tell only a fraction of the story of a fraught, tense encounter in which a sprinkling of magic proved the difference between the teams. Imran Khan will be always remembered for leading Pakistan to their first-ever and only World Cup so far. Whether that was the game there and then, who knows. Gooch at square leg, all 38 years of him, sprinted full pelt as the ball plummeted over his shoulder, but despite a valiant dive, he was unable to wrap his fingers round the chance. 3, Imran Khan played a captain's knock scoring 72 off 110 balls and shared a solid 139-run stand with Javed Miandad (28). 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