Home > Features > Moments in history >

Wasim Akram bowls Pakistan to victory with a magical hat-trick against West Indies at Sharjah

Wasim Akram bowls Pakistan to victory with a magical hat-trick against West Indies at Sharjah

Wasim Akram (above) dismissed Jeff Dujon, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose to record the fourth hat-trick in ODI history © Getty Images

On October 14, 1989, Wasim Akram single-handedly bowled Pakistan to victory against the West Indies at Sharjah by claiming a hat-trick. He became the fourth bowler in the history of One-Day International (ODI) cricket to achieve the rare feat. Sarang Bhalerao revisits Akram’s mesmerising spell.

He had a short run-up, but the batsmen could not take him lightly. They had to consider the beguiling repertoire to appreciate the rare bowling acumen of this left-arm fast bowler. On this day in 1989, the West Indies got a taste of his mastery. Needing 42 to win at under seven runs per over with five wickets in hand, the contest was evenly poised. But, Wasim Akram charged into to deliver three marvelous deliveries and change the complexion of the game.

Jeff Dujon geared up to face Akram, who was bowling round the wicket. The ball started well outside the off-stump which lit-up Dujon’s eyes. The ball swung in prodigiously and yorked the West Indies wicketkeeper. The stumps were dislodged and the partisan Pakistani crowd was joyous in the stands.

Malcolm Marshall was the new man at the crease. Wasim was still bowling round the wicket. The first delivery to Marshall seemed to be a length delivery — which the batsman thought was an opportunity to execute a cover drive. Marshall was drawn forward by the left-arm bowler. The ball swung in an exaggerated manner and knocked his leg-stump.

Curtly Ambrose, the left-handed batsman walked out to bat. Akram immediately switched to over the wicket. Ambrose was hoodwinked by the delivery that went away from him. The ball pitched on the middle stump and hit the top of off. This was the second hat-trick  where all batsmen were clean bowled. Chetan Sharma was the first one to achieve it. He got it during a 1987 World Cup game against New Zealand at Nagpur.

West Indies were behind the eight ball. Carlisle Best was waging a lone battle. Earlier, a half-century by Desmond Haynes (59) got West Indies off to a good start. Haynes and Richie Richardson put on 85 for the second wicket. At 117 for one, West Indies looked comfortable during the run-chase. But they lost Richardson, Keith Arthurton and Haynes in the space of seven runs. Viv Richards, the West Indies skipper produced an attacking 46 off 45 balls and stitched 61 for the fifth wicket. His wicket gave Pakistan a hope of a victory.

Akram changed the complexion of the game with his fiery spell. The hat-trick stalled the West Indian momentum completely. He got Courtney Walsh bowled with the delivery that left him after pitching on the middle-stump. West Indies surely were stunned by Akram’s magical spell.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 250 for 8 in 50 overs (Shoaib Mohammad 45, Saleem Malik 74, Imran Khan 45; Ian Bishop 3 for 49) beat West Indies 239 in 48.4 overs (Desmond Haynes 59, Carlisle Best 53*; Wasim Akram 5 for 38) by 11 runs.

Man of the Match: Wasim Akram

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Murali Vijay’s 144 among most runs scored by an Indian on Day 1 of overseas Test

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 1 — All matches

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

Anil Kumble Australia India Moments in history Ricky Ponting South Africa

Alastair Cook says he would take time to overcome disappointment following World Cup sacking

India vs Australia 2014-15: Shane Watson must contribute with bat to justify he is an all-rounder, believes Darren Lehmann

India vs Australia 2014-15: Brad Haddin should score more runs, believes Darren Lehamnn

Matthew Hayden: It’s ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Karnataka lose seven on Day 1 against Railways

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

India vs Australia 2014: Visitors would do well to back aggression up with performances

South Africa vs Pakistan 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI series 2014: A look back at the series

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here