World Cup 2019: 5 Thrilling semifinals in the history of the tournament
- A look back at the five thrilling semi-finals in the history of the World Cup.
#4 1992: A young Inzamam stunned the world with his fluent stroke play
A lucky Pakistani side took on tournament favorites New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup. Martin Crowe won the toss and chose to bat first keeping in mind a confusing rain rule. Despite suffering from a hamstring injury, captain Crowe dominated the bowling with an 83-ball 91.
Chasing 263 which was massive in those days and Pakistan was slow in the first half of their run chase. Imran Khan's 93-ball 44 kept increasing the required rate as they could score only 87 in 25 overs. Pakistan's hopes were pinned on Javed Miandad who looked comfortable at the crease.
With 123 needed off 15 overs, a young Inzamam-ul-Haq walked out to bat. Although the right-hander was nervous to start off with, his stroke play amazed the BlackCaps. His footwork was so decisive as New Zealand bowlers couldn't control him. Pakistan romped home with an over to spare.
In hindsight, Crowe's decision to rest his hamstring and let John Wright captain the side was seen as a blunder as only he had known the bowling plans.
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