18th September 1997: Ganguly Five-for Sinks Pakistan in Toronto

On at the present time in 1997, Sourav Ganguly’s career-best bowling figures of 5 for 16 helped India bowl out Pakistan – chasing 183 for a win – for simply 148 and register a 34-run win in Toronto, Canada. The win additionally helped India take an unassailable 3-Zero lead within the six-match One-Day Worldwide collection. Despatched into bat in circumstances ripe for quick bowling, the trio of Aqib Javed, Azhar Mahmood and Mohammad Akram had the Indians in all types of strife at 23 for Three very quickly. Rahul Dravid (25) hung round with Mohammad Azharuddin (67) for a 66-run stand for the fourth wicket earlier than falling to Akram.

Azhar although held one finish as much as report an important half-century and with a quickfire 29-ball 32 in the long run by Robin Singh, India reached 182 for six of their 50 overs.

Pakistan began off their chase in grand vogue with Saeed Anwar (22) and Shahid Afridi (44) including 52 runs for the opening wicket. They seemed in cruise management at 103 for Three earlier than Ganguly struck.

Along with his seemingly innocuous medium-pace, Ganguly greater than made up for his earlier batting failure. He picked up the wickets of Ijaz Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Hasan Raza, Moin Khan and Javed in a riveting spell to return figures of 10-3-16-5 as Pakistan have been bundled out in simply 36.5 overs.

Ganguly was adjudged Man of the Match for his career-best effort.

First Printed: September 18, 2018, 12:24 PM IST


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