Loss, win, rain: Shades of 1992 in Pakistan’s first three World Cup 2019 games


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Loss, win, rain! In this order. Pakistan’s campaign in the 1992 World Cup, which it won, and its start in the 2019 edition has thrown up a pattern that has whipped up talk around the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side.

In 1992, Pakistan lost its World Cup opener against West Indies by 10 wickets. This edition too, it was West Indies first up. Pakistan lost the match by seven wickets.

In it’s second match in the 1992 edition, Pakistan bounced back with a 53-run win over Zimbabwe. This edition, the mercurial Pakistan side beat host and tournament favourite England. The home side was at the receiving end of Pakistan’s all-round brilliance, losing by 14 runs.

In the third game of its 1992 campaign, Pakistan was bowled out for 74 by England at the Adelaide Oval. Rains though came to Pakistan’s rescue with the match getting called off after England’s chase of the revised target of 62 runs from 10 overs was intervened

Fast track to 2019, Friday’s game against Sri Lanka. Rain has delayed start of the match at the County Ground in Bristol. A call on the match is awaited, but this pattern has cricket fans excited.