World Cup Countdown: 1992 – Inzamam-ul-Haq knocks out New Zealand
Inzamam-ul-Haq announced himself with 60 off 37 balls at Eden Park. © Getty

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World CupCricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 66 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, here’s a look back to March 21, 1992 when Pakistan, inspired by a rookie Inzamam-ul-Haq, eliminated favourites New Zealand the semi-finals. 

The innings of the 1992 World Cup was played by a cherubic, almost lackadaisical yet devastating effective Inzamam-ul-Haq. Chasing a target of 263 at Auckland’s Eden Park, Pakistan’s chances of making the final looked dim when they needed 123 from 15 overs at 8.2 an over but Inzamam single-handedly changed the complexion of the match. (READ: Young Inzamam-ul-Haq shatters New Zealand’s World Cup dreams)

Goaded on by the wily veteran Javed Maindad, Inzamam went berserk and slammed 60 from just 37 balls, most often shuffling across to off stump and heaving full-length deliveries over the leg side with calm audacity. The offspinner Dipak Patel, who had allowed just 28 runs from his first eight overs, haemorrhaged 22 from his last two.

It was sheer carnage, and when Inzamam was run out the target was 36 from five overs, which was passed with ease thanks to Wasim Akram, Moin Khan and Miandad.

Brief scores: Pakistan 264/6 in 49 overs (Miandad 57*, Inzamam 60) beat New Zealand 262/7 in 50 overs (Crowe 91, Rutherford 50) by four wickets

Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq.