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21st May 1997: Saeed Anwar Floors India With Majestic 194

Cricketnext Staff |May 21, 2019, 8:25 AM IST
21st May 1997: Saeed Anwar Floors India With Majestic 194

India's often found it hard to dislodge left-handed opening batsmen over the years and one such occasion came against Pakistan.

On this day in 1997, Saeed Anwar played one of his best knocks in the 50-over format of the game, scoring an astonishing 194 from just 146 balls in match six of the Pepsi Independence Cup at Chennai.

Pakistan elected to bat first and despite losing wickets at regular intervals, nothing stopped Anwar from going after the Indian bowlers. He ensured his side finished with 327/5 on board.

In reply, Rahul Dravid stroked a fine century with support from Vinod Kambli who chipped in with a handy 65 but Aqib Javed's 5/61 took the game away from India.

The visitors won the game by 35 runs and took away two crucial points. Anwar's score of 194 was the highest individual score in cricket in ODIs till Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to register an ODI double century.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
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 4647 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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