Pakistan fail miserably at the biggest stage
On this day, back in 1999, seven years after their triumphant World Cup campaign in 1992 Pakistan were again in the final but this time against a new opposition in the shape of the resilient Aussies. Pakistan were the most exciting team of the tournament until the final but in the final at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground the team failed miserably and let down the whole nation.
Pakistan, having won the toss, decided to bat first and this turned out to be a disastrous decision as the team could only muster 132 runs and were dismissed inside 40 over’s. For Australia the chief destroyer was the legendary leg spinner Shane Warne who changed the course of the match with 4 quick wickets which meant that the Pakistan batting line-up went down like ninepins.
Australia chased down the total with ultimate courtesy some blistering stroke play from flamboyant opener Adam Glichrist who scored 54 runs off just 36 balls including 8 fours and a six. Australia chased down the total in 20.1 over’s at the loss of just two wickets in a match which lasted for hardly four and a half hours.
Shane Warne was declared man of the match for destroying the Pakistan batting line-up at and helping Australia restrict Pakistan to a low total.