Cricket Classics: Astonishing Moin knock inspires Pakistan to Asia Cup triumphArchive
“It was expected of Moin Khan to get some quick runs, but what he ended up doing was simply mind-boggling. The improvisations were out of this world and at times definitely too cheeky,” Woorkheri Raman wrote of the Karachi street fighter's incredible knock in the final of the 2000 Asia Cup between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan piled up 277, of which 104 came in the last ten overs after a brutal partnership between captain Moin Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Moin's unique slice shot over long off, the cross-batted swats over midwicket and even the paddle over fine leg (well before it was made famous by the Dilshans and the ABs) were all out on display as opposition captain Sanath Jayasuriya looked helplessly around the field for bowling options.
The pounding proved sufficient as Sri Lanka were bowled out of 238, giving Pakistan its first Asia Cup title.