On 18th April 1986, Javed Miandad sealed a sensational victory for Pakistan against India at Sharjah, hitting Chetan Sharma over the midwicket boundary for a six off the last ball.
After staying unbeaten in the knockout competition, India and Pakistan met in the final of the Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah. India, who were put in to bat by Pakistan skipper Imran Khan, put up a competitive score of 245 in 50 overs. India looked set to reach a massive total initially, with Sunil Gavaskar (92) combining with his opening partner Krishnamachari Srikkanth (75) to add 117 for the first wicket. Gavaskar then added 99 runs with Dilip Vengsarkar (50) for the second wicket to get India past 200. But Wasim Akram and Imran Khan triggered a collapse, restricting India under 250.
Pakistan’s innings revolved around their star batsman Javed Miandad. The Karachi-born anchored the run-chase at one end while the rest of the batsmen chipped in with crucial runs. It came down to the final over and the last pair, with India in a strong position to win the game. Mohammad Azharuddin missed a runout in the over, which would have ended to game. In the second-last ball, Javed got an inside edge and Roger Binny pulled off a superb stop down at short fine leg, picking up two runs. With four runs required off the final ball, Miandad positioned himself to heave the ball towards midwicket. Chetan Sharma, who had been excellent for India through the day, missed the yorker length by a few inches. It was enough for Miandad to capitalise as the full-toss was smashed over the fence for a six, sealing a sensational one-wicket win for Pakistan. Miandad finished unbeaten on 116 off 114 balls, with three boundaries and three sixes.
The victory was Pakistan’s first major trophy, and it was even more special as they defeated their arch rivals in sensational fashion. A last-ball six which will forever be a significant chapter in the Ind-Pak rivalry.
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India 245/7 in 50 overs (Sunil Gavaskar 92, Kris Srikanth 75, Wasim Akram 3/42, Imran Khan 2/40) lost to Pakistan 248/9 in 50 overs (Javed Miandad 116, Mohsin Khan 36, Chetan Sharma 3/51, Madan Lal 2/53) by 1 wicket.