When Inzy had his say in a telling way

Blast from the past

Chasing New Zealand’s 262 for seven, Pakistan found themselves in a precarious situation at 140 for four after 35 overs as Imran Khan laboured to a 93-ball 43. Walking in at the fall of Salim Malik, the precocious Inzamam unleashed a stunning counter-attack. Boundaries cascaded off his blade with amazing regularity and 87 runs came off just 10 overs for the fifth-wicket along with Javed Miandad.

Kiwi regular skipper Martin Crowe was off the field during Pakistan’s chase due to a hamstring injury and his deputy, John Wright, was a helpless spectator to the carnage. Dipak Patel had conceded a mere 28 runs in his first eight overs, but went for 22 in his last two as the Kiwis’ Cup dreams began to crumble under lights as rapidly as Inzamam’s rate of scoring.

Though he was was out in his most familiar way -- run out -- after belting a 37-ball 60 (7x4, 1x6) with still 36 runs needed for victory, Moin Khan helped Pakistan cross the line waltzing his way to a 11-ball 20. Inzamam came up with another quickfire 42 off 35 balls in the final against England to take Pakistan to what turned out to be a winning total, but it’s his blinder in the semifinal that heralded the legend of Inzy.

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