On paper, it was the mismatch of the tournament. Pakistan were on a roll, crushing all their opponents with ruthless efficiency, including a memorable win against favourites Australia at Headingley.
Bangladesh were the rank outsiders, making their debut in the tournament. They had yet to post a total past 200 in four attempts, even against minnows Scotland.
The proverbial David versus Goliath clash was set to take place at Wantage Road. Batting first, Bangladesh posted 223 on the board under gloomy conditions at Northampton with Akram Khan top scoring with 42 runs. heir chances of winning didn’t look bright since Pakistan’s batting line-up was at its formidable best.
Khaled Mahmud took the fight to Pakistan with his dibbly-dobbly seamers and wrecked their top-order with three crucial wickets. Pakistan’s bad day at office got worse with outrageously silly run-outs and they were reeling at 42 for 5 chasing the smallish total.
As the crowd sensed an upset in the air, the drum beats, whistles and chants got louder and louder as each wicket fell. When Saqlain Mushtaq was left stranded in his crease, the outfield turned into a tide of rapturous celebration as Bangladesh defeated Pakistan for the first time in their cricketing history.
BAN 223/9 (50 ov) | Shahriar Hossain 39 (60), Akram Khan 42 (66) | Saqlain 5/45
PAK 161 (44.3 ov) | Wasim Akram 29 (52) | Khaled Mahmud 3/31, Naimur 1/20
Watch the match highlights here-
Result: Bangladesh won by 62 runs
Man of the match: Khaled Mahmud