Moments in Time: Shot for shot, Lara matches Basit Ali in famous ODI final against Pakistan

By June 08, 2020
Basit Ali (left) and Brian Lara Basit Ali (left) and Brian Lara

In 1993 a score of 284 was challenging and when Pakistan’s Basit Ali took a liking to Curtly Ambrose, Anderson Cummins and Carl Hooper, the West Indies were in trouble.

It was the final of the Pepsi Champions Trophy in Sharjah and the West Indies faced a powerful Pakistan inclusive of Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik.

Electing to field first, The Richie Richardson led West Indies must have thought they were in a great position after Anwar and Aemer Sohail struggled to get going, scoring 16 from 26 deliveries and 10 from 40 respectively.

Things looked even more promising when Sohail was caught at slip by Brian Lara off the bowling of Kenny Benjamin.

Inzamam was not known for really pushing the scoring rate and his 30 from 51 deliveries would not have scared the West Indies but there were signs that the tide was turning with Malik at the other end putting on a good display.

Malik would go on to score 84 from 96 deliveries but that was after Courtney Walsh had Inzamam caught by Desmond Haynes.

While Malik’s batting was inspired and helped to bring some stability to a flagging innings, it was the entrance of Basit Ali that really turned the game around for Pakistan.

Basit wasted no time in getting to work, hoisted Ambrose over midwicket for a massive six on one occasion, the innings including five such strikes. Ali wasn’t just dealing in sixes though as he slammed 12 boundaries on his way to a 67-ball century. The final 50 of that 100 took just 25 deliveries.

Basit would end unbeaten on 127 from 79 balls with wicketkeeper Rashid Latif on two for company while Pakistan were 284-4, a much better position than they had seemed they would get into.

The opening pair of Desmond Haynes and Phil Simmons, who had replaced the retired Gordon Greenidge was broken up as a 24-year-old Brian Charles Lara walked at the top.

The move was made to get the innings going and give the West Indies the best chance at chasing down what, at the time, was a mammoth total.

The Trinidad and Tobago batsman, already seen as arguably the best in the world, was up for the task, even after losing Desmond Haynes for just three.

Ata-ur-Rehman did not have a long international career but had a growing reputation for getting the better of good batsmen and when he rubbed Haynes’ edge on the way through to Latif Pakistan must have felt they were in a good place with the West Indies at 29-1.

Simmons had been struggling for form in international cricket but he was in a belligerent mood and proceeded to form a partnership worth 111 with Lara. Simmons accounted for 42 of that century partnership, scoring his runs from 38 deliveries before he was caught and bowled by Malik.

Lara had already been the dominant partner, scoring 69 runs from the 111, but had to take a back seat as another stylish left hander took over the reins.

Keith Arthurton would score 44 during that fateful final, slamming his tally off just 30 balls from a partnership with Lara worth 73.

At 213 for three and Lara having scored 100 from 93 deliveries, the game was over as Richardson pushed the ball around in a bid to ensure there were no hiccups for the West Indies.

Richardson would end unbeaten on 15 from 50 deliveries, while Carl Hooper scored five from 11 to also finish not out.

Lara was the final wicket to go, taking the West Indies to 273-4 before Mushtaq Ahmed had him caught behind.

The innings, which interestingly did not include a single six, was made, in large part, courtesy of 21 boundaries. The 143 deliveries Lara faced, nearly half the innings, made the victory over Pakistan a fairly run-of-the-mill affair after the West Indies got to 285-4 with almost five overs still to be bowled.

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