On This Day: India Knock Pakistan in 1996


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Nostalgia sends everyone into the sweet memories of a particular day. The happenings of that day come back to our minds and send us down into flashback lane.

Since we are on the page of nostalgia, let us talk about a major flashback on the same day of 9 March, but in 1996. Let us give you another hint- it is cricket.

For those of you who already know, you really are cricket fanatics.

For those who did not, that is why we are here.

On this day, 9 March in 1996, India knock Pakistan out of the 1996 World Cup quarter-final.

Even though Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup, they still failed to beat India then. As a result, Pakistan wanted to make the scores level. But they were unable to do so.

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India vs. Pakistan

Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar provided an honest start to India. While Sidhu went for the shots, Tendulkar looked to rotate the strike and keep himself at the crease. Sidhu, a prolific cutter, survived a couple of edges that went flying past first slip for four early but slowly grew in confidence. Furthermore, while Tendulkar (31) and Sanjay Manjrekar (20) lost their wicket, Sidhu carried on. He got really close to an enormous hundred, but on 93, went back to the pavilion by Mushtaq Ahmed’s flipper. India was 168 for three at this stage, with 14 overs still left.

That cameo within the death overs was to offer “a new energy” to India. 288 is no easy target. Moreover, Pakistan had a really bad start due to the slow run-rate. However, this didn’t mean that the sport was over, a minimum of not for the Indian fans. Pakistan, in any case, always managed to seek out that extra little bit of motivation against India.

Pakistan was off to a flying start via Saeed Anwar and Sohail. The duo raced to 49 for nil in 7 overs, as all the boundaries were met with a hush. The talented Anwar’s strokeplay saw as natural and smooth, Sohail had to resort to stepping out, giving himself width, and taking risks. However different, the two strategies worked, and at one point, it looked as if the target would be achieved in 45 overs.

Ijaz Ahmed (12) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (12) didn’t last long. Finally, the experience of Saleem Malik and Javed Miandad became the only thing required by Pakistan for the target. 

Furthermore, 49 from 24 balls left to score, Miandad left the crease for 38. Eventually, India knock Pakistan by 49 runs and knocked them out of the tournament.

There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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