At Nottingham, May 23. Pakistan won by six wickets. Toss: Pakistan. Winning the toss was a decisive factor in conditions which favoured the seam bowlers until mid-afternoon. Athey was never comfortable against Imran's swing, Gooch, in for the injured Gatting, drove one imperious four off Mohsin before twice being struck on the pads in the tenth over, and only Broad had the measure of the bowlers. He was out immediately after reaching his fifty in 83 balls with his third four. Gower, surviving an early chance, and Lamb put on 42 in thirteen overs before a smart leg-side catch off the bottom edge by the wicket-keeper began a fatal slide. Next over, the 39th, Gower drove too soon at Mudassar, and in the 40th Botham hoisted a high catch to long leg. Thereafter it was left to the acting-captain, Emburey, to fashion 25 in his unique way. With Miandad (128 balls, three fours) in such scintillating form, and Botham in a profligate mood, a target of 158 was always on. When Foster, the pick of England's bowlers, ran out Malik with a direct throw from backward square leg to the bowler's end, Imran hastened the end with a straight six off Emburey. Broad's misfield, turning 1 into 4 to level the scores, summed up England's day.
Man of the Match: Javed Miandad. Attendance: 12,080; receipts: £130,380.
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