On this day in 1985: Imran Khan-inspired Pakistan beat India by 125 points, only to lose the low-scoring thriller by 38 runs | Photo: ICC Twitter & nbsp
- Kapil Dev’s Indian team clashed with Javed Miandad’s Pakistan in the Four Nations Cup
- A high-tension clash between arch-rivals was played on March 22, 1985 at the famous Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
- India’s Kapil Dev recorded a stunning victory over Pakistan in a low scoring thriller to enter the Four Nations Cup final at the time.
Since the inception of international cricket, arch rivals India and Pakistan have played several humdingers in all formats of the gentlemen’s game. On this day in 1985, Team India led by the legendary Kapil Dev met the Pakistani star Imran Khan in the 1984-85 Four Nations Cup first elimination at the monumental Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Recently winning the famous Benson & Hedges World Cricket Championship in Australia, Kapil’s India traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to face fierce rivals Pakistan in the Four Nations Cup.
Although Team India had a formidable hitting lineup against Pakistan, the one-time World Champion was blown away by the speed with which Imran managed to run around Team India’s batsmen at that time. While Ravi Shastri aka World Series Cup hero was given a golden duck, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar received orders to line up with a paltry individual score of 2 out of 9 balls by speedster Imran.
Performing a top-tier collapse almost alone with skin, Imran beat the likes of Kris Srikkanth, Dilip Vengsarkar Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal to pocket an impressive six goals distance against arch-rivals India. Young Mohammad Azharuddin still struggled like a dream and scored 47 of 93 match-changing balls. Captain Kapil chipped in with 44 pivotal 30 balls and pushed India to a total of 125 in 42.4 overs.
While many pundits and game followers expected Javed Miandad’s team to bypass Team India and finish in the first 20 overs, the Greens took an early hit as Mohsin Khan’s opener was knocked out by Roger Binny for a pittance. Mudassar Nazar and Ramiz Raja then solidified the Pakistani ship and the party led by Miandad even crossed the 30 run limit by losing one goal.
At a time when Raja’s wary knock was at the top being the catalyst for the Asian giants, Pakistan lost Nazar to a tragic runout and Shastri then handed Miandad a 15-ball duck to shift the momentum in India’s favor. Spin wizard Laxman Sivaramakrishnan then ensured Ashraf Ali and Pakistani golden boy Imran followed Miandad’s footsteps in the contest as all three star batsmen failed to open their accounts in high tension clashes at the time.
Patient Saleem Malik’s knock of 17 also fails to save Miandad’s men as Pakistani tails wrap around Kapil and Shastri’s goal in a low-scoring thriller. As they say, luck sided with the brave, India’s never-dying attitude paved the way for the World Champions to surprise their fierce rivals in another humdinger contest.
Imran’s Pakistani-inspired side beat India for 125 but the Green Army ended up missing a low-scoring thriller by 38 runs. Imran (14/6) was awarded the Man of the Match award despite Pakistan finishing behind India in Sharjah.
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