Pakistan had been lucky through out the tournament winning only 1 of their first five matches. However this didn't cover up their brilliant performance in the final against England in Melbourne.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Their setting target in THE most important match didn't started well as they lost both their opening batsmen for just 24 runs on the board. Both giving in to Pringle. However this setback didnt last for long as what followed was a match winning partnership between Pakistan's 2 most experienced batsmen - Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Skipper Imran Khan made 72 of 110 balls, hitting 5 fours and one massive six off Illingworth. Apart from drop catch from Graham Gooch his innings was a blot free one. Javed Miandad kept his cool and scored 58 off 98 balls. They together contributed 139 runs before Miandad got out when Botham caught him at point. Pakistan decided to cut loose courtesy some innovative shots from Inzamam Ul Haq.The skipper was looking good to score a World Cup final ton but he was caught at deep long on boundary of the bowling of Ian Botham. Wasim Akram made a quick 33 to help his team reach a competitive 249.
Pakistan started off well as Akram showed his swing bowling prowess and got the very important wicket of Ian Botham. No England batsman could play the ruthless pakistan bowling and Aqib, Mushtaq struck Alec Stewart, Gooch and Hick when their scoreboard showed just 69 runs. Neil Fairbrother and Alan Lamb showed some quality batting and took England's score to 141.
Then followed what world knows of Wasim Akram - swing bowling at its best. Two successive wickets for him and Akram was on a hattrick. The tail tried to contribute their bit but England fell short just 22 runs and Pakistan won the Benson and hedges 1992 World Cup.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Wasim Akram