Pakistan cricket team holding the Singer Champions Trophy at the Sharjah cricket stadium. - Gulf News Archives

Pakistan wins the Singer Champions Trophy with an emphatic 41-run victory against New Zealand in the final at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With this win Pakistan ended their 30-month-old title draught at Sharjah. English umpire George Sharpe aided the Wasim Akram-led team with three questionable leg before decisions. Kiwi coach Steve Rixon, however, didn’t seek refuge in the rank bad decisions against his team. Instead he said:” Good and bad decisions are part of the game. We didn’t capitalise on a good start while chasing a modest Pakistani total of 160.” Opener Mark Greatbatch had put New Zealand in a pretty strong position at 98 for three, but they lost the seven remaining wickets for the addition of only 21 runs in 50 balls to crash to a sensational defeat. Despite having packed the side with 11 batsmen they were bowled out for 119 on a wicket which played good. The Man-of-the-Match award had to go to a bowler in a low scoring match and it went to Wasim Akram for taking three wickets with his second spell.

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