On This Day: Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq stitched the then highest ODI partnership vs New Zealand in Sharjah
|Mon Apr 20 2020
Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq partnership: The Pakistani batsmen punished the Kiwi bowlers in a world-record partnership.
On this day in 1994, former Pakistan batsmen in Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq had joined hands to register the then highest ODI partnership for any wicket during the second semi-final of the Austral-Asia Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
After the then New Zealand captain Gavin Larsen won the toss and invited Pakistan in to bat, opening batsman Saeed Anwar provided a brisk start to his team on the back of his 23-ball 37 which included six fours and a six.
Inzamam, who came in to bat at No. 3, had arguably the best days of his ODI career as he ended up scoring a personal best ODI score in addition to the partnership.
Sohail and Inzamam stitched a 263-run partnership for the second wicket as Pakistan posted a formidable 328/2 in 50 overs. While the record has been surpassed on 13 occasions in the last 26 years, it was appreciable of how Sohail and Inzamam batted for most part of the Pakistani innings and continued to punish the opposition bowlers.
Sohail, then 27, had scored his second ODI century as he scored 134 (146) with the help of 13 fours before getting out in the death overs.
Inzamam, who was 24 at the time, had reached the three-figure mark in ODIs for the third time. Having scored 137* (129) with the help of 15 fours, Inzamam was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ for the ninth time in his career.
The left-right combination between the two players had witnessed an authoritative stand which played a vital role in Pakistan entering the final of the tournament on the back of a 62-run victory.
Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq partnership
#OnThisDay in 1994. A huge partnership of 263 between Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq against New Zealand in Sharjah. At the time this was a record one-day-international partnership for any wicket, with Sohail scoring 134 & Inzamam 137* as Pakistan won by 62 runs #Cricket pic.twitter.com/N5PYuPqkHO
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