Pakistan Today – By ROB STEEN

–Five thrilling Test match encounters between England and Pakistan, featuring run-outs, extras, and a phone call to a Duke

The Oval, 1954

“For God’s sake, I cannot wait for this to finish so we can go back.

Summary

  • Headingley, 1982A rollercoaster chapter in this rugged rivalry had seen England take the first Test by 113 runs and Pakistan the second by ten wickets, leaving the series exquisitely poised.
  • At 199 for 7, Pakistan could still smell their first series win over England, but Vic Marks and Bob Taylor nudged their side across the line.
  • One up in the five-match rubber after romping home at Headingley, Pakistan were preserving their lead with ease come stumps on day four: having seen England make 521 in response to their 439 (Mudassar and Mike Gatting collected 124 apiece, the latter atoning for having put the opposition in, a decision that prompted headlines such as “Cap’n Cock-Up” and “Gatt the Pratt”), there they were, 38 without loss, the draw odds-on.
  • Small wonder the last ball found Pakistan celebrating; their maiden series win in England would follow.
  • Karachi, 2000Deeply unfancied, England somehow arrived at the third and final Test with a chance of wresting the series, but that looked improbable when Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana (pre-Mohammad Yousuf) were adding 259 on a ground where Pakistan had never lost a Test.


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