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April 20, 1994: Aamer Sohail & Inzamam-ul-Haq Dismantle Kiwis

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 20, 2017, 1:03 PM IST
April 20, 1994: Aamer Sohail & Inzamam-ul-Haq Dismantle Kiwis

File image of Inzamam-ul-Haq in action for Pakistan. (AFP Images)

Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-Ul-Haq were two reliable cricketers who went to have long and successful respective careers with the Pakistan national team. On this day 23 year ago, the duo rewrote history books by putting on a huge partnership against New Zealand in the semi-final of the Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah.

After New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first, opener Saeed Anwar gave Pakistan the perfect start by hitting boundaries from the word go. But he soon perished for 37 off 33 balls and that brought Inzamam-Ul-Haq to the crease.

The duo didn't look back from there and took the Kiwi bowlers to the cleaners. Sohail and Inzamam put on a sensational partnership of 263 runs, which was a then-record partnership for any wicket in One-day Internationals. The two batsmen surpassed the previous record of 224 runs between Dean Jones and Allan Border against Sri Lanka in 1984.

Riding on centuries from both Sohail and Inzamam, Pakistan posted a daunting total of 328 runs in 50 overs. Chasing the target, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually lost the match by 62 runs.

Pakistan progressed into the final of the competition and claimed a hat-trick of Austral-Asia Cup title after beating arch-rivals India in the championship match.

First Published: April 20, 2017, 12:59 PM IST

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