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5 similaries for Pakistan in 1992 & 2022 World Cups

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Pakistan will meet England in the 2022 T20 World Cup Final. And, it’s not the first time these two sides will compete for the trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Back in 1992, Imran Khan held the World Cup aloft after his team embarked on a journey that is eerily similar to this T20 World Cup, 30 years later.

Pakistan in 1992 vs 2022: The similarities

Here is a look at five similarities between Pakistan’s campaigns at the 1992 and 2022 World Cups in Australia.

1. Lost opening game at the MCG

Back on October 23, Pakistan lost one of the all-time great T20Is. Babar Azam’s team was on the wrong end of Virat Kohli at his very best, and eventually lost off the final ball.

In 1992, Pakistan lost their first match of the World Cup, also at the MCG. However, they weren’t exactly in the game. West Indies chased their 220 with ten wickets and 19 balls to spare, with Brian Lara awarded man of the match for his 101-ball 88.

2. Won last three matches of the Group Stage

Following their first up loss to India in the 2022 World Cup, Pakistan then suffered a shock loss to Zimbabwe. It looked like their campaign was all-but-gone after failing to chase 131, but with the shades of 1992 in the distance, Pakistan eventually qualified after winning their last three matches (along with Netherlands stunning South Africa).

In 1992, Pakistan were also in great trouble. They had won just one of their first five games, which included a no result they were destined to lose after getting bowled out for 74 against England. Along with the crucial no-result points, they went on to beat South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand to qualify ahead of Australia and West Indies.

3. Qualified for semi-final on final day

Pakistan qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals on a manic 6th of November. After Netherlands upset the Proteas, Pakistan were left with fate in their own hands. They went on to beat Bangladesh to qualify.

In a great race to the 1992 World Cup semi-finals, Pakistan qualified thanks to a thumping win over first-placed New Zealand at Christchurch. It was a must-win match, given that either Australia or West Indies would overtake them had they lost, given they were playing on the same day over in Melbourne.

4. Beat New Zealand in the Semi-Final

In 1992, Pakistan played New Zealand again a few days later, this time in a semi-final at Auckland. In 2022, Pakistan also played New Zealand. Both times, Pakistan won thanks to an excellent run-chase.

30 years ago, Imran Khan’s team chased 263 with a wonderful hand from Inzamam-ul-Haw (60 off 37 balls). This year, the Pakistani openers led the way as the men in green chased 153.

5. Playing England in the World Cup Final at the MCG

Just as was the case 30 years ago, Pakistan will meet England in the World Cup Final. In 1992, England qualified in controversial fashion over South Africa. This time around, there was no controversy as they pummelled India at Adelaide.

Will 1992 repeat itself? Or will England prevail? It promises to be a cracking final.

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