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PAST FINALS - 1992 (Melbourne)

Wasim Akram starred with bat & ball
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Pakistan skipper,
Imran Khan

England v Pakistan
Date: 25 March 1992
Result: Pakistan won by 22 runs
Pakistan: 249 for six (50 overs)
England: 227 all out (49.2 overs)

Man of the match: Wasim Akram

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Despite Australia's failure to reach the final, a record World Cup final crowd of more than 85,000 greeted Pakistan and England at the MCG.

After a poor start during which Derek Pringle's suffocating military medium pace claimed both openers, Pakistan soon found their way, with captain Imran Khan to the fore.

Imran and Javed Miandad shared a third-wicket partnership of 139 that set Pakistan back on the right track.

And their innings finished with a flourish when Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 42 off 35 balls with Wasim Akram chipping in with a quickfire 33 off only 19.

And Wasim was soon in the action with the ball, dismissing Ian Botham for a duck in the first over of England's innings.

The left-armer's next wickets settled the match. When he clean bowled Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis in consecutive balls, England were 141 for six with the run-rate climbing.

Despite the best efforts of Neil Fairbrother and the tail, England never recovered - much to the delight of the majority of the Melbourne crowd.

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