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1992 ICC Cricket World Cup

Imran Khan's Pakistani team defeated England in a memorable final at the MCG to take the 1992 World Cup. The 1992 Cricket World Cup (also known as Benson & Hedges World Cup) was the fifth edition of the tournament and was held from 22 February to 25 March 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. The 1992 World Cup was notable in that it was a first to feature coloured player clothing, white cricket balls and black sightscreens with a number of matches being played under floodlights. It also recognised as one of the best organised world cups, and marked the re-entry of a post-apartheid South African team.

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1992 ICC Cricket World Cup

The format of the 1992 World Cup had a complete round robin of all teams , replacing the use of two qualifying groups from prior world cups. The initial draw was released with eight competing countries and 28 round robin matches. In late 1991, South Africa were re-admitted to the International Cricket Council and the draw was amended to include them. The revised draw included 36 round robin matches plus the two semi-finals and the final.

Co-hosts New Zealand sprung the surprises after winning their first seven games to finish on top of the table.  Australia, one of the pre-tournament favourites, lost their first two matches, recovered to win four of the remaining six, but narrowly missed out on the semi-finals.

Pakistan had been lucky to be in the semi-finals at all, after just one victory in their first five matches. They scraped a point from the washed-out match against England which appeared to be heading for a heavy English victory (Pak 74 all out, Eng 24/1) and this proved to be the difference as they finished one point ahead of Australia with an inferior run-rate.
The rule for calculating the target score for the team batting second in rain-affected matches was also changed. While the reasoning behind the system was sound, the timing of rain interruptions remained problematic: as the semi-final between England and South Africa demonstrated, where a difficult but eminently reachable 22 runs off 13 balls was reduced to 22 off 7 (the least productive over, a maiden, being deducted) and finally 21 off 1 ball (the next least productive over having given 1 run).Overall, the side batting second was at a significant disadvantage in a rain affected match.

In a thrilling final, Pakistan beat England by 22 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), whereby the "cornered tigers" comment from captain Imran Khan entered folklore as he lifted the trophy. Derek Pringle took two early wickets for England before Imran Khan and Javed Miandad added 139 for the third wicket to steady the Pakistan innings. Late flourishes from Inzamam-ul-haq (42 off 35 balls) and Wasim Akram (33 off 18 balls) took Pakistan to a total of 6 for 249. England also struggled early in their innings with Mushtaq Ahmed's googly accounting for Graeme Hick. Neil Fairbrother and Allan Lamb then took England to 4 for 141 when Wasim Akram re-entered the attack and bowled from around the wicket and bowled Lamb and Chris Lewis with consecutive deliveries. England fell 22 runs short with captain Imran Khan, in his final One Day International, taking the final wicket of Richard Illingworth to give Pakistan its first World Cup title.

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