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23 September 1996: Pakistan Clinch Sahara Cup in Toronto

Cricketnext Staff |September 23, 2017, 3:59 PM IST
23 September 1996: Pakistan Clinch Sahara Cup in Toronto

India and Pakistan have been arch-rivals on the cricket pitch for a very long time now. There are reasons other than the game itself that make this rivalry one of the best in the world.

On this day 21 years ago, Pakistan thumped India by 52 runs in the decider of the Sahara Cup in Toronto to lift the title. In this low-scoring match, Pakistan bowlers came out on top against an average Indian batting performance.

Batting first, Pakistan were restricted to a fighting 213 runs in 50 overs by the Indian bowlers. Aamer Sohail (44) and Saleem Malik (43) put some respectability to the Pakistan score after Anil Kumble and Ashish Kapoor ran through the batting order, picking up 3 and 2 wickets respectively.

But Indian batsmen performed worse, as they were dismissed for a paltry 161 runs in 45.5 overs, handing over the title to Pakistan. None of the Indian batmen could get going in the match, with Sachin Tendulkar top-scoring with 23.

Mushtaq Ahmed was the chief perpetrator of India's downfall as he scalped a five-wicket haul and he was also awarded the man of the match for his heroics. Meanwhile, Saqlain Mushtaq also picked up couple of wickets in the match.

It was a unique match where none of the batsmen could breach the 50-run mark in either of the two innings, while only one wicket was picked up by a seamer.

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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