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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 16:38 GMT

Inzamam turns the tide

Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq hits another boundary as New Zealand's Ian Smith looks on A supreme effort from Inzamam-ul-Haq secured Pakistan's place in the 1992 World Cup final.

Pakistan's greatest moment in World Cup history came in 1992 with victory in Australia.

After a slow start they built as a team over the course of the competition, winning as other more fancied opponents slipped by the wayside.



They beat a tired and beleaguered England in the final with ease.

However, it was the manner of their semi-final victory over New Zealand that best highlighted the qualities of Imran Khan's team.

New Zealand, under Martin Crowe's leadership, reached the last four playing some of the best cricket on show.

They won seven matches in a row, only losing their last in the round-robin series, against Pakistan, which set up the re-match.

Crowe led with style, batted superbly and introduced a surprise innovation in opening his bowling with spinner Dipak Patel.



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And when Pakistan needed 123 off 15 overs to win it looked as if Crowe's daring had paid dividends again.

In New Zealand's innings he top scored with a serene 91 off 83 balls.

His knock included three sixes and only came to an end when he was run out by his runner after pulling a hamstring.

But Ian Smith shepherded the tail to steer the Kiwis to a total of 262, a mark that seemed to daunt Pakistan.

Ramiz Raja and Imran Khan both made solid contributions, but took up valuable time at the wicket, particularly Imran.

His 44 included a four and two sixes but lasted a time-consuming 93 balls.

When the captain finally fell, quickly followed by Salim Malik, the match looked over.

But Inzamam-ul-Haq played with the audacity of youth and turned the match on its head.



Stand-in New Zealand skipper John Wright had no answer to Inzamam's brutal attack, the then 22-year-old blazing his way to 60 off only 37 balls with the old hand Javed Miandad providing the experience at the opposite end.

The pair put on 87 in 10 overs and when the junior partner was run out - for the fourth time in the tournament - he had announced himself on the world stage.

His propensity for succumbing to run outs has remained throughout a dazzling career, as his ability to turn games with match-winning scores.

After his efforts Pakistan needed 36 runs off 30 balls.

With Miandad standing firm at the other end coaxing the best out of Wasim Akram and Moin Khan, Pakistan maintained their momentum securing victory with an over to spare.

As the Auckland crowd bade their heroes a fond farewell, Pakistan surfed their wave of success all the way to victory in the final.



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