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Pakistan v West Indies

Martin Williamson

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1957-58

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The inaugural series between the two sides was dominated by batsmen. In the second Test Hanif Mohammed batted for 16 hours to make 337, and in the third Garry Sobers broke Len Hutton's world record by making 365 not out out of 790 for 3 (Conrad Hunte chipped in with a more modest 260). Sobers added two hundreds in the fourth Test, but Pakistan gained some consolation in the final match when Fazal Mahmood took six in the first innings and then Nasim-ul-Ghani with 6 for 67 bowled them to victory.
West Indies 3 Pakistan 1 Drawn 1

1958-59

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West Indies reached Pakistan after a gruelling three-month tour of India and without Roy Gilchrist who had been sent home for disciplinary reasons. On matting wickets, Fazal Mohammed was too much for them, and at Dhaka, where Pakistan sneaked home by 41 runs, he took 12 for 100 as West Indies crashed from 65 for 3 to 76 all out. They salvaged some pride with victory in the last Test thanks largely to Rohan Kanhai's 217.
Pakistan 2 West Indies 1

1974-75

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After a 15-year hiatus, battle resumed in Pakistan with two draws. West Indies started brightly, bowling Pakistan out for 199 but a hundred from Mushtaq Mohammed ensured there were no further alarms. At Karachi, Majid Khan and Wasim Raja scored centuries but Pakistan were still in deep trouble at 90 for 5 in their second innings, only three ahead, when Sadiq Mohammed, batting at No. 7 because of a neck injury, made 98 in five hours to save the game.
Pakistan 0 West Indies 0 Drawn 2

1976-77

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West Indies were establishing themselves as the side which was to dominate the game for almost two decades when Mushtaq led Pakistan to the Caribbean. Although Pakistan faced the West Indies' battery of pace bowlers, they would have won the opening Test but for West Indies' last pair clinging on for almost 24 overs. Colin Croft (8 for 29) bowled Pakistan to defeat in the second Test, but a brilliant allround performance from Mushtaq (121 and 56, 5 for 28 and 3 for 69) enabled Pakistan to level the series. West Indies, however, won the decider by 140 runs after setting Pakistan 442.
West Indies 2 Pakistan 1 Drawn 2

1980-81

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Much this four-match series were ruined by rain, and West Indies took the honours courtesy of a 156-run victory in the second match at Lahore. The first Test was evenly poised when a whole day was washed out, and almost two days were lost in the third at Karachi. The final match, which was also restricted to four days, was marred by crowd trouble when Sylvester Clarke reacted to taunts and missile throwing by lobbing a brick into the stands - it struck a spectator.
Pakistan 0 West Indies 1 Drawn 3

1986-87

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Pakistan routed West Indies, now under Viv Richards, for 53 to win the first Test, Abdul Qadir taking 6 for 16, winning by 186 runs. The roles were reversed on a poor pitch at Lahore as Malcolm Marshall (5 for 33) and then Courtney Walsh (4 for 21) ran through Pakistan (who made 77 second time round) for an innings-win. The final match saw disagreements between officials and West Indies players, although it was Pakistan who were grateful for bad light on the last day as they teetered on 125 for 7 chasing 213 to win.
Pakistan 1 West Indies 1 Drawn 1

1987-88

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Imran Khan's 11 wickets and a pugnacious hundred from Javed Miandad gave Pakistan a thumping win in Guyana, and the Trinidad Test had a thrilling finish with Pakistan still needing 31 runs to win with one wicket in hand. Pakistan seemed on course for a series win when West Indies slid to 180 for 7 chasing 266 on the final match, but Winston Benjamin smacked 40 at No. 10 to see them home by two wickets. The one-day series was far less competitive.
Tests: West Indies 1 Pakistan 1 Drawn 1
ODIs: West Indies 5 Pakistan 0

1990-91

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A third successive drawn series - and one labeled the unofficial world championship of cricket - with the final drawn Test being the best of the three. Pakistan won by eight wickets in the opener, West Indies levelled with an equally routine win at Faisalabad, but runs were at a premium on a pitch not designed to aid run scoring. Pakistan walked the ODIs with all three matches affected by the weather.
Tests: Pakistan 1 West Indies 1 Drawn 1
ODIs: Pakistan 3 West Indies 0

1992-93

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For the first time in four tours of the West Indies, Pakistan failed to distinguish themselves. They struck back spiritedly after going two down to tie the five-match one-day series, but they could not summon the same resilience in contesting the three-Test rubber, which was not quite the battle of giants it was expected to be. In the first two Tests Pakistan's batting crumbled although they showed more fight once the series had been decided.
Tests: West Indies 2 Pakistan 0 Drawn 1
ODIs: West Indies 2 Pakistan 2

1997-98

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West Indies' sixth Test series in Pakistan was an unqualified disaster. The team's gradual decline from their previous high standards accelerated into freefall and they lost all three Tests by embarrassingly wide margins. Not since their first ever series, in England in 1928, had West Indies experienced such a thorough whitewash. Then, they lost all three matches by an innings. Nearly 70 years later, they came within 12 runs of a similar humiliation. If the manner and extent of Pakistan's victories - the first two by an innings, the third by ten wickets - shocked the cricketing world, they were not altogether surprising to close followers of Courtney Walsh's team. All that was needed was opposition of the right calibre to expose and capitalise upon their inconsistency, indiscipline and complacency.
Tests: Pakistan 3 West Indies 0
ODIs: Pakistan 2 West Indies

1999-2000

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Building on the successes of the previous series against Zimbabwe, and benefiting from generous slices of outrageous good fortune at crucial moments, West Indies narrowly turned back the threat of Pakistan to triumph 1-0 in the three-Test series. The one-wicket victory, earned amid heart-stopping drama and sensational controversy in Antigua on the final day of the tour, was a much-needed fillip for a team going through a period of rehabilitation in the wake of humiliating defeats away from home. Pakistan's expectations had been high when they won the triangular one-day tournament that preceded the Tests; instead, they became the latest touring team to leave the Caribbean agonising over lost opportunities.
Tests: West Indies 1 Pakistan 0 Drawn 2

2001-02

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This series was played on neutral soil - all matches were staged at the Sharjah CA Stadium in the space of 18 days - because the Pakistan board could not afford the financial loss of another cancellation in the aftermath of 9/11. The original itinerary included three Tests, but was truncated because 18 full days on the same ground was deemed impractical. There were grave doubts about the durability of the pitches at a venue which had been used only for limited-overs cricket (a record 181 internationals since 1983-84). As it happened, they played reasonably well. The spinners were expected to wreak havoc on cracked surfaces, but it was pace and reverse swing that did more damage, claiming 48 wickets to spin's 19.
Tests: Pakistan 2 West Indies 0

2004-05

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Pakistan's sixth tour of the Caribbean was their shortest and most successful, a month-long swing through four islands that started with a clean sweep in the one-day internationals and ended with victory in the second of two Tests to square the series. West Indies were in a shambles following disputes over contracts, but under Shivnarine Chanderpaul they rallied well enough to win the first Test, the new captain leading with 92 and 153. Even without Shoaib Akhtar, who was left at home, Pakistan leveled thanks to Danish Kaneria's second-innings 5 for 46 in what had until then been a high-scoring match.
Tests: West Indies 1 Pakistan 1
ODIs: West Indies 0 Pakistan 3

2006-07

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Pakistan beat West Indies 2-0 when they toured towards the end of 2006. Inzamam lead his side to a nine-wicket win, Pakistan's fourth in their last seven home Tests, in Lahore. Lara's brilliant, counter-attacking century on day four went in vain as Pakistan were the clear victors, thanks to their allround performance. Reiterating his monstrous appetite for runs, Mohammad Yousuf steered Pakistan out of choppy waters, guiding them to safety on the final day of the second Test at Multan. Falling in the 190s for the second time in as many Tests, and third in the year, Yousuf's superb knock allowed Pakistan to hang on to their 1-0 lead, a position from where they could not lose the series. Needing to take eight wickets on the final day of the Karachi Test, Pakistan's bowlers put in a sustained bowling performance to finally end West Indies' resistance and seal the series 2-0.
Tests: Pakistan 2 West Indies 0
ODIs: Pakistan 3 West Indies 1

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