On This Day April 24th, 2002: Abdul Razzaq scores 86 vs NZ at Rawalpindi

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Eleven years ago today, Pakistan star all-rounder Abdul Razzaq scored a match winning knock of 86 runs off 84 balls. In typical style, Pakistan started the chase towards 278 set by New Zealand in disastrous fashion as they lost Imran Nazir first ball. A few deliveries later in the second over Pakistan were further set back as Mohammad Yousuf, then known as Yousuf Youhana was clean bowled for 3 with the scorecard reading 6/2. Shahid Afridi kept the runs flowing on the other end with a quick-fire 40 runs off 37 balls, but he fell to Styris leaving Pakistan at 79/3.

The stage for set for an Abdul Razzaq special. Together with Younis Khan the two added 91 runs together before Younis fell with the score reading 172/4 and Inzamam now at the crease. Inzamam contributed 26, but it was Abdul Razzaq who was the only constant throughout the various partnerships. It would have been fitting had Abdul Razzaq seen Pakistan all the way through and hit the winning runs, but he fell with Pakistan only 26 runs short of victory. Having brought the side so close to victory, it was left to Rashid Latif to fulfill the honors and ensure that Pakistan secure a three-wicket victory and series win over New Zealand.

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Match in discussion: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64766.html
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> in 2002. Abdul Razzaq with a vital score of 86 as Pakistan beat New Zealand by 3 wickets in Rawalpindi <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/g4bnzpUfvd">pic.twitter.com/g4bnzpUfvd</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1253595877249363969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 24, 2020</a></blockquote>
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