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Cricket World Cup 1992

With Waqar Younis returning home, Saeed Anwar and Ata-ur-Rehman falling unfit, and Javed Miandad coming late to Australia, Pakistan upset the odds as they lifted the trophy with victory over the England in the final. A self belief ruled out the obstacles.

Among the odds, the 1992 World Cup (aka Benson & Hedges Cup), 5th edition, paved the way to many changes, introducing color uniforms instead of traditional white, white balls replaced the red one, and matches were played under flood-lights till late evening. A controversial system of recalculating team totals was also introduced for reduced number of overs for the matches affected by rains.

Further, South Africa, an African Test nation, for the first time played in the World Cup and first time a Cricket World Cup was held in the Southern hemisphere. New Zealand setting confusion for the batsmen did the opening with spinner instead of fast bowlers, as the tradition ruled. The technique of pinch-hitter set the trend where the batsmen fixed higher run-rate in the first 15 overs by hitting the ball all around. And to accommodate South Africa, 9 teams in total, the teams were not divided in groups, but each team competed with all the other 8. The top four teams qualified for the semifinals, whose winners played the final.

The biggest irony among all these changes to modernize the World Cup and even to be applicable in all the regular ODIs, was that Imaran Khan's team Pakistan won by playing one-day cricket in the 80s fashion.

Started On: February 22, 1992.
Ended On: March 25, 1992.
Host: Australia/ New Zealand.
Winner: Pakistan (Beated England By 22 Runs).

Teams Played:
India, Pakistan, Australia, England, Srilanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, West Indies and South Africa.
Match Summary:
England beated India by 9 runs.
(Perth - February 22, 1992).

New Zealand beated Australia by 37 runs.
(Auckland - February 22, 1992).

West Indies beated Pakistan by 10 wickets..
(Melbourne - February 23, 1992).

Sri Lanka beated Zimbabwe by 3 wickets .
(New Plymouth - February 23, 1992).

New Zealand beated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets .
(Hamilton - February 25, 1992).

South Africa beated Australia by 9 wickets .
(Sydney - February 26, 1992).

England beated West Indies by 6 wickets .
(Melbourne - February 27, 1992).

Pakistan beated Zimbabwe by 53 runs .
(Hobart - February 27, 1992).

India vs Sri Lanka - No Result .
(Mackay - February 28, 1992).

New Zealand beated South Africa by 7 wickets.
(Auckland - February 29, 1992).

West Indies beated Zimbabwe by 75 runs.
(Brisbane - February 29, 1992).

Australia beated India by 1 runs.
(Brisbane - March 1, 1992).

England vs Pakistan - No Result.
(Adelaide - March 1, 1992).

Sri Lanka beated South Africa by 3 wickets.
(Wellington - March 2, 1992).

New Zealand beated Zimbabwe by 48 runs.
(Napier - March 3, 1992).

India beated Pakistan by 43 runs.
(Sydney - March 4, 1992).

England beated Australia by 8 wickets.
(Sydney - March 5, 1992).

South Africa beated West Indies by 64 runs.
(Christchurch - March 5, 1992).

Australia beated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.
(Adelaide - March 7, 1992).

India beated Zimbabwe by 55 runs.
(Hamilton - March 7, 1992).

New Zealand beated West Indies by 5 wickets.
(Auckland - March 8, 1992).

South Africa beated Pakistan by 20 runs.
(Brisbane - March 8, 1992).

England beated Sri Lanka by 106 runs.
(Ballarat - March 9, 1992).

West Indies beated India by 5 wickets.
(Wellington - March 10, 1992).

South Africa beated Zimbabwe by 7 wickets.
(Canberra - March 10, 1992).

Pakistan beated Australia by 48 runs.
(Perth - March 11, 1992).

England beated South Africa by 3 wickets.
(Melbourne - March 12, 1992).

New Zealand beated India by 4 wickets.
(Dunedin - March 12, 1992).

West Indies beated Sri Lanka by 91 runs.
(Berri - March 13, 1992).

Australia beated Zimbabwe by 128 runs.
(Hobart - March 14, 1992).

South Africa beated India by 6 wickets.
(Adelaide - March 15, 1992).

New Zealand beated England by 7 wickets.
(Wellington - March 15, 1992).

Pakistan beated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets.
(Perth - March 15, 1992).

Australia beated West Indies by 57 runs.
(Melbourne - March 18, 1992).

Zimbabwe beated England by 9 runs.
(Albury - March 18, 1992).
Pakistan beated New Zealand by 7 wickets.
(Christchurch - March 18, 1992).

Semi-Final: Pakistan beated New Zealand by 4 wickets.
(Auckland - March 21, 1992).

Semi-Final: England beated South Africa by 19 runs.
(Sydney - March 22, 1992).

Final: Pakistan beated England by 22 runs (Melbourne - March 25, 1992).

Man of The Match: Wasim Akram - Took 3 important wickets.

Man of The Series: New Zealand captain Martin Crowe - Scored 456 runs in series.


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