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DUBAI – Exactly 31 years have passed since Javed Miandad smashed Chetan Sharma for a last-ball six to steer Pakistan to victory in the Austral-Asia Cup final in Sharjah.


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Batting first, India — riding on Kris Srikkanth (75 off 80), Sunil Gavaskar (92 off 134) and Dilip Vengsarkar’s (50 off 64) brilliant performances — posted 245 on the scoreboard.

For Pakistan, Wasim Akram claimed three wickets, while captain Imran Khan took two.

After being set a 246-run target by India, Pakistan were off to a sluggish start as they lost three wickets for 61 runs.

Coming in at No. 4, Javed Miandad steadied the Pakistan innings and slammed a magnificent century.

Pakistan needed four runs off the final ball to win the match.

Miandad scripted a historic victory by smashing Sharma for a six to help his team lift the Asia Cup title.

Miandad in his auto-biography ‘Cutting Edge: My Autobiography’ has also mentioned that six.

He wrote, “I knew that he would try to bowl a yorker, so I decided to stand just ahead of the crease…..poor Chetan Sharma.”-Online