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May 4, 1990: Akram's Hat-trick Steers Pakistan To Austral-Asia Cup win

Cricketnext Staff |May 4, 2019, 11:38 AM IST
May 4, 1990: Akram's Hat-trick Steers Pakistan To Austral-Asia Cup win

On May 4, exactly 29 years ago, the legendary Wasim Akram claimed a one-day international hat-trick to take his team to Austral-Asia Cup title win.

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan defeated Australia by 36 runs in the final at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.

Akram bowled Merv Hughes (9), Carl Rackemann (0) and then sent Terry Alderman (0) packing to complete his hat-trick.

Akram is the only bowler to have taken two hat-tricks in Tests and one-day internationals.

Batting first after winning the toss, Pakistan posted 266 for 7 with Akram scoring an unbeaten 49 runs off 50 balls.

In reply, Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed claimed three wickets apiece to restrict an Allan Border-led Australia to 230.

For the all-around show, Akram was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
2
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
3
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

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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