In pictures Against all odds, Pakistan lifted the World Cup trophy in 1992. Will history repeat itself?

Start poor, end with a trophy - that is how Pakistan clinched their first World Cup victory in 1992. And now, more than three decades later, history seems to be repeating itself.

The T20 World Cup 2022, which has reached its climax after a month, is set for a grand finale - Pakistan versus England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

But for most of us, this invokes deja vu. We have seen this before, that too at the same venue. Let's take a trip down the memory lane.

Pakistan's weak start and loss against arch-rivals

Both in 1992 and this year's tournament, Pakistan were slow starters. In 1992, the team started off with a 10-wicket loss to the West Indies and a few days later lost against India by 43 runs.

This year, the green shirts were stunned by the neighbours in a thrilling first game.

Rain rescues

In 1992, Pakistan's third match of the tournament against England - which looked fatal for the team - turned in their favour when rain came to the rescue. The match ended and both teams earned a point each. This helped Pakistan edge past Australia in the table and sent them to the semi-final.

Although not directly playing a role in Pakistan's matches this year, the rain did up the team's final position on the table. During the match between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the skies opened and the match was...

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