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25th March 1992: When Imran Khan Led Pakistan to World Cup Glory

Twenty eight years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cricketnext Staff |March 25, 2020, 4:29 PM IST
25th March 1992: When Imran Khan Led Pakistan to World Cup Glory

Twenty eight years ago, on this day, Pakistan became champions of the world defeating England in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan team, which entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch's England.

Pakistan didn't have a good start as they lost their openers Aamer Sohail (4) and Rameez Raja (8) in quick succession.

Coming in at No. 3, Imran Khan played a captain's knock scoring 72 off 110 balls and shared a solid 139-run stand with Javed Miandad (28). Inzamam-ul-Haq too chipped in with 42 off 32 balls and took the team to a respectable total of 249 runs.

For England, Derek Pringle claimed three wickets conceding 22 runs in his allotted 10 overs.

Chasing, Pakistan's 249, England couldn't get an impressive start.

Wasim Akram sent Ian Botham for a duck to give his team the first breakthrough.

Akram, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, also dismissed Allan Lamb (31) and Chris Lewis (0) with his violently swinging deliveries

Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed claimed three wickets apiece to limit the England batting line-up to just 227. Pakistan defeated England by 22 runs to lift the coveted title.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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