Exactly 18 years ago, former Pakistan all-rounder and current member of their support staff, Azhar Mahmood, picked up his third five-wicket haul in ODIs against Sri Lanka at Sharjah. Apparently, it turned out to be his last five-fer and last Man-of-the-Match award in ODI cricket.
During the final of the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy, Mahmood’s efforts with the ball aided his team to win the title by 88 runs. Having won the toss, the then Pakistani captain, Wasim Akram, had chose to bat. Barring half-centuries from Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq, other Pakistani batsmen failed to be amongst the runs. As a result of which, Pakistan could only manage 211-9 in 50 overs.
With bowling figures of 10-0-40-3, Upul Chandana was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers. In reply, the Lankans never really got going as they were bundled out for 123-10 in 36 overs. Mahmood did most of the damage in his spell of 10-2-28-5. He was ably supported by Akram and Shoaib Malik, both of whom picked up a couple of wickets each.
Watch the full video of Mahmood’s spell: