Bengaluru, Feb 5: India-Pakistan encounters in World Cup cricket have never fallen short of drama. After Javed Miandad's leap-frog at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the 1992 World Cup, the arch-rivals met at the highest platform for the second time in Bengaluru in the next edition in 1992 and here too, the stage was set up for fireworks. [Indo-Pak encounters in World Cups]
After India put up a formidable score of 287 for 9 wickets in 50 overs [see scorecard of the match], Pakistan were required to chase the target in 49 overs in a high-voltage quarter-final match. They lost an over after their bowlers were penalised for slow over-rate.
Renowned Pakistani openers, Aamir Sohail, who was the stand-in captain in that match in the absence of an injured Wasim Akram, and Saeed Anwar took their team off to a flying start, scoring 84 in just 10 overs, making full use of the fielding restrictions.
The Indian bowlers were treated mercilessly by the two openers and every Indian supporter started feeling the heat. Will Pakistan run away to victory, they started fearing.
Anwar departed when Pakistan were 84 but Sohail was still dictating terms. It was when Pakistan were 109 for 1 in the 15th over, then Chinnaswamy witnessed the most dramatic moments of the match.
Prasad was bowling the 15th over, the last before the fielding restrictions would be lifted. He bowled round the wicket to left-handed Sohail and the latter charged down and smashed the wide-off-the-stump delivery out of the boundary for four. As soon as the ball disappeared, the Pakistani captain pointed at Prasad with his finger, suggesting you will be punished like that, mate!
Prasad did not reply at that moment but came in steaming to bowl the next delivery, the final of his over. This time, the ball was directed at the stumps and Sohail made a big heave at it towards the mid-on direction but missed the line completely. The ball uprooted his off-stump and it was time for Prasad to retaliate. He gave a fitting reply to Sohail's humiliation a delivery ago and showed the batsman the way to the pavilion.
Sohail's departure (55 off 46 balls) put a sudden break on Pakistan's innings and they lost their way towards the target of 288.
India won the match by 39 runs and reached the semifinal.