On This Day Sharjah 1986:When Javed Miandad broke India hearts

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There have been countless sixes being hit in the Cricket arena since then, but none can match the emotions and magnanimity of that single hit that came from the bat of Pakistan batting legend Javed Miandad.

It was the six that changed the complexion of cricket dominance and brought Pakistan into the front seat that it surely deserved. While Miandad with that six became a National hero, his counter part from India Chetan Sharma on whose ball he hit that last ball six turned into a National shame and this six still haunts him.

It was on April 18, 1986, when Javed Miandad struck a final ball six to defeat India in the finals of the Austral-Asia Cup. It was first major trophy won by Pakistan cricket team.

Pakistan needed four runs off the final ball to win the Austral-Asia Cup. Miandad did not succumb to pressure, giving the cricket fans a memory to cherish forever. It proved once again what a fighter Miandad was.

Pakistan needed 246 runs to win the match, and the side found itself at 61/3. It was then that Miandad walked out to the middle and played a match-winning knock of 116 runs.

In his innings, Miandad struck three fours and as many sixes.

Batting first, India had got to a score of 245 as Kris Srikkanth made 75 runs while Sunil Gavaskar went on to register 94 runs from 134 balls.

For Pakistan, Wasim Akram took three wickets.

The Austral-Asia Cup has been played thrice, with Pakistan winning the tournament on all three occasions.

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