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11th June, 1999: Saqlain Mushtaq Takes A Hat-trick In The World Cup

Cricketnext Staff |June 11, 2019, 12:47 AM IST
11th June, 1999: Saqlain Mushtaq Takes A Hat-trick In The World Cup

On this day, twenty years ago, Saqlain Mushtaq became only the second bowler then, to take a hattrick in the World Cup as Pakistan went on to defeat Zimbabwe by 148 runs in their Super Six fixture at the Oval.

It was his second hattrick in One Day Internationals and he became only the second man after Wasim Akram to achieve the feat. The off-spinner accounted for the wickets of Henry Olonga, Adam Huckle and Pommie Mbangwa.

Electing to bat first, Pakistan put up a total of 271/9 on the board, riding on a century by Saeed Anwar and some finishing cameo by Shahid Afridi.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, kept losing wickets at regular intervals as the trio of Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, and Azhar Mahmood picked seven wickets between themselves.

With Zimbabwe reduced to 123/7, all Mushtaq required was three balls to remove the tail as Pakistan went on to win the game by a scintillating margin of 148 runs.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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