Pakistan take on Australia in their World Cup encounter on Wednesday. Previously, both teams have met nine times in World Cups with Australia winning five and Pakistan coming on top four times. Here is a look at these encounters from the past.
Headingly, 1975 (Australia won by 73 runs)
The third match of the World Cup saw Pakistan and Australia lock horns against each other in their Group-B encounter. Ian Chappel won the toss and elected to bat. Alan Turner provided a good start, scoring 46 off 56 deliveries. The Chappell brothers consolidated the innings in the middle. Pakistani bowlers kept things in-check for most periods until a late surge from Ross Edwards and tail propelled Australia’s score to 278-7. Edwards remained unbeaten on 80 off 94 balls.
Despite having the services of greats like Majid Khan, Zaheer Iqbal and Mushtaq Muhammad, chasing this score down was always going to be a daunting task against a potent attack which had Lillee and Thomson. Majid Khan, somewhat weathered the storm. He scored 65. Pakistan’s captain, Asif Iqbal, along with Wasim Raja showed some resistance and scored 53 and 31 respectively. The duo added 77 runs for the fifth wicket. Lillee dismissed Asif Iqbal and then cleaned up Pakistan’s tail to finish with figures of 5 for 34 and was named the man-of-the-match.
Trent Bridge, 1979 (Pakistan won by 89 runs)
Aussies were entering the game on the back of a defeat against arch-rivals England and needed to win this to stay in the competition. John Hughes won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat. Sadiq Muhammad and Majid Khan gave an opening stand of 99-runs. Asif Iqbal led from the front and scored a brisk 61 off 57 deliveries. He was ably supported by Javed Miandad with a run-a-ball 46. Imran Khan and Wasim Raja finished well to take the team total to 286-7.
After a promising performance with the bat, Pakistan were spot on with their bowling and kept picking up wickets to keep the pressure on the Aussies. Opening batsman, Andrew Hilditch scored 72 runs but other than him, no one stood firm. Australia were bundled out for 197 in 57 overs, giving Pakistan a comfortable 89 run victory. Majid Khan and Sikander Bakht picked up 3 wickets apiece while Imran Khan bagged two scalps. Asif Iqbal was adjudged as the man-of-the-match.
Lahore, 1987 (Australia won by 18 runs)
This time around the two sides met in the semi-final stage of the World Cup. Australians were coming into the game undefeated. Imran Khan, playing on his home ground was confident about his team’s chances.
Allan Border chose to bat. The Australian openers laid a good foundation with a 73 run partnership for the first-wicket, followed by a 83 run stand for the second-wicket between David Boon and Dean Jones. They scored 65 and 38 respectively. Things were looking ominous for Pakistan as Aussies were threatening to reach 300 before Imran Khan single-handedly halted their progress by picking up 3 wickets for 17 runs in five overs.
Pakistan’s chase started horrendously as they were reduced to 38-3. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad began the consolidation act and resurrected the innings with a brilliant 112 runs partnership for the fourth-wicket. Imran fell to his counter part Allan Border on 58. Wickets kept falling but Miandad kept fighting at the other end. His ballsy effort came to an end on 70 when Bruce Reid bowled him, and a vociferous Gaddaffi crowd was stunned to silence. McDermott finished off the tail and ended with 5-44. Pakistan were bowled out on 249.
Perth, 1992 (Pakistan won by 48 runs)
Pakistan needed to win this game to stay in contention for the semis. Imran Khan won the toss and elected to bat. Aamer Sohail and Rameez Raja laid a strong foundation with a 78-run stand. Javed Miandad further consolidated the innings with a 77-run stand for the third wicket. Just when Pakistan were looking to accelerate, Aamer fell to Tom Moody for 74. Australian bowlers kept things tight towards the end and they were helped by two run-outs of Inzamam and Ijaz Ahmaed. Pakistan weren’t able to capitalize on the advantage and could only muster 220-9 in their allotted overs.
Pakistan were quintessential with the ball as they kept pressure on the Aussies from the start. Geoff Marsh and Dean Jones offered resistance with them scoring 39 and 47 respectively. Aaqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed picked up three apiece while Wasim and Imran bagged two scalps each as Australia were bundled out for 172 in the 46th over.
Headingly, 1999 (Pakistan won by 10 runs)
Steve Waugh won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat which turned out to be the right decision as Pakistan were tottering on 46-3. Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq steadied the ship with a 118 run partnership in 27 overs. Razzaq fell on 60 while Inzamam scored 80. Late impetus to the innings was provided by Yousuf (29) and Wasim Akram (13). A coruscating innings of 31 from 12 from Moin Khan propelled Pakistan’s score to 278-8. Pakistan scored 111 runs in the last ten overs.
Wasim Akram cleaned up Gilchrist for a duck. Ricky Ponting (47 off 60) and Mark Waugh (41 off 49) counter-attacked Pakistan with some scintillating strokes. Both fell in quick succession to Saqlain and Razzaq. Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan knitted a superb partnership of 113. The Australian duo were threatening to take the game away from Pakistan as Wasim Akram struck by dismissing Bevan for 61. Shoaib Akhtar took the crucial wicket of Steve Waugh with a classical reverse swinging yorker and buried Australian chances of victory. Wasim Akram led from the front and took 4-40 while Saqlain picked up three wickets. Inzamam was named the man-of-the-match for his brilliant batting.
Lords,1999 (Australia won by 8 wickets)
The two sides faced-off in the final of the World Cup. Wasim Akram chose to bat first and Pakistani openers failed miserably. Ijaz Ahmed and Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan’s make shift number three battled hard for 15 overs. Just when you thought Pakistan were getting back in the game, Steve Waugh brought in Shane Warne, his trump card. Warnie produced an absolute magical ball to Ijaz, the ball pitched on or just outside leg and hit off stump. The lower order failed and Pakistan were bowled-out for a paltry 132 in 39 overs. Warne finished with 4-33 in 9 overs and was the man-of-the-match.
Early wickets were Pakistan’s only chance but Adam Gilchrist had other ideas. He bludgeoned a 36-ball 54 and took the sting out of the game. Not only Australia cruised to victory in the 20th over but this was the epoch of Australian dominance for the next ten years.
Johannesburg, 2003 (Australia won by 82 runs)
It was the first game for both sides in the World Cup. Waqar Younis won the toss and asked the Aussies to bat. The decision certainly proved to be the right one as kangaroos were reduced to 86-4. Pakistan had Aussies on the ropes but once again they showed why they were the best side of the aughts. Andrew Symonds played a belligerent knock and scored 143 off 125 (18 fours and 2 sixes). The experienced fast-bowling trio of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib had no answers to an inexorable Symonds . Australia finished on a formidable 310-8 in 50 overs.
Chasing this down was a daunting task and Australia’s attack made it even more difficult with hostile bowling and made early in roads. At no stage Pakistan were in the game, batsmen got starts but never capitalized. Only meaningful resistance came from Rashid Latif (33), Wasim Akram (33) and Razzaq (25) but it was too late as Pakistan succumbed under pressure and were bowled out for 228 in the 45th over.
Colombo, 2011 (Pakistan won by 4 wickets)
A win for Pakistan would help them secure the top spot in Group-A. Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. Watson fell early to Umar Gul. Haddin and Ponting added 73 for the second wicket before Hafeez dismissed Ponting. It was a struggle for the Australian batsmen as Pakistani spinners tightened the screws on a slow surface. The trio of Hafeez, Afridi and Abdur Rehman among them bowled 29 overs and gave away just 94 runs with three wickets. Umar Gul ended with figures of 3-30.
Defending a low score, Australians were going to come hard. Brett Lee sent both openers back to the pavilion. Younis Khan diverted pressure with a brisk 31 off 42. His partnership of 53 with Asad Shafiq tilted the game towards Pakistan. Lee struck on consecutive balls to dismiss Younis and Misbah. After that it was the Umar Akmal show. Unfazed by the situation, he struck a brilliant 59-ball 44 to guide Pakistan to victory. This ended Australia’s 34-match streak without a World Cup loss.
Adelaide Oval, 2015 (Australia won by 6 wickets)
This time around both teams met in the quarter-final stage of the tournament. Pakistan chose to bat and once again their batting fragility was exposed against the quality pace attack of Johnson, Starc and Hazlewood. Batsmen got starts but no one went on to score big. Haris Sohail top scored with 41 while Hazlewood bagged four wickets.
214 was never going to be enough against a power house batting like Australia. With Aussies three down for 59, Wahab Riaz produced arguably one of the greatest fast-bowling spells. On Watson’s arrival to the crease he peppered him with short stuff at 150 kph. Watson swerved, ducked and danced as a relentless Wahab kept on delivering bouncers with fury and vengeance. After four overs, Watson finally top-edged one to fine-leg where Rahat Ali dropped a sitter. Watson, along with Smith weathered the storm and scored 64* and 65 respectively. Maxwell gave the final touches with a quick-fire 44 off 29 and Australia won the game with 16 overs to spare.
This was the history of all previous Australia Pakistan matches in the World Cup. What will happen tomorrow is anybody’s guess but we hope and pray that the Pakistani side emerges out as the victorious side!