3 times the entire team received the Man of the Match award 

New Zealand Cricket

#2 3rd ODI, Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, at Nottingham, September 1, 1996

The Pakistan team pose with the Man-of-the-Match award

Match Summary: England 246 all out in 50 overs lost to Pakistan 247/8 in 49.4 overs

Togetherness may not be one of Pakistan cricket team's biggest strengths, but they are the only side apart from New Zealand to have collected a Team Man-of-the-Award in ODI cricket.

The match in question was the 3rd and final ODI of the three-match series against England in 1996 when they put in a spirited performance to claim a consolation win having lost the first two matches.

Nick Knight might have reasons to feel aggrieved as his unbeaten knock of 125, where he carried the bat for the hosts after opening the innings, was overlooked after Pakistan clinched a thrilling 2-wicket win with two balls remaining.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, England lost Alec Stewart's wicket early on, caught and bowled by Wasim Akram.

The hosts managed to put up a few partnerships with Knight being the cornerstone and despite England's next highest-scorer after Knight being 30 by skipper Michael Atherton, they managed to post 246 runs on the board in their 50 overs.

Akram was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan with 3 scalps while Waqar Younis, Shahid Nazir, and Saqlain Mushtaq bagged a couple each.

The visitors started off brightly in their run chase with Shahid Anwar and Saeed Anwar putting on a quick-fire 93-run stand for the opening wicket before the former was dismissed for 37 in what was his first and only ODI.

Saeed Anwar fell for 61 with the Pakistan scoreboard reading 114/2 and it was followed by a 63-run stand for the third wicket between Amir Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed.

Sohail's dismissal for 29 however triggered a mini-collapse as Pakistan were reduced from 177/2 to 199/6. The fall of wickets also had an effect on the required run-rate as it crept up to the 6-runs-per-over mark to put the visitors in a tight spot.

Ijaz Ahmed fell for 59 with the target still 28 runs away but wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif kept his cool with a 28-ball 31 to help his side clinch victory by 2 wickets with two balls remaining.

Edited by Amit Mishra


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