First Test Match

PAKISTAN v AUSTRALIA 1988-89

Toss: Pakistan. Test debut: I.A.Healy

After Reid had dismissed Mudassar with the second ball of the match and sent back Ramiz on a dry, grassless pitch which offered nothing for the fast bowlers, Shoaib and Miandad established the Pakistan innings with a fine third-wicket stand of 196 in 279 minutes. Shoaib reached his half-century off 122 balls with his eighth four and had hit fifteen fours in his 94 when Waugh's late swing beat his defence. Next day, Miandad moved on, first to his eighteenth Test hundred and then to his fifth Test-match double-hundred - all five made against different countries. When finally dismissed for 211, having had at least three lives and survived some confident lbw appeals early on, he had batted for 590 minutes, faced 439 balls, and had passed Pakistan's previous highest score against Australia (210 not out by Taslim Arif at Faisalabad in 1979-80). His innings included a six and 29 fours. Tauseef, who began he second day as night-watchman, hit his highest Test score, but Salim Malik took almost three hours over his 45 while adding 114 with Miandad for the fifth wicket.

Pakistan batted on for 37 minutes on the third morning, and then had Australia in all sorts of trouble as Iqbal Qasim demolished their top-order batting on a worn wicket suited to his type of bowling. In one spell he claimed four for 14 and by the close, when Australia needed another 154 runs to avoid the follow-on, with three wickets in hand, he had figures of four for 27 from 25 overs. Resuming after the day of rest, Australia resisted for another three hours, with the left-handed Taylor showing how the spin bowlers could be countered. He batted for almost five and a half hours for his maiden Test half-century.

Promoted to open when Australia followed on, 304 runs behind, Taylor soon provided Aamer Malik with his first Test wicket, adjudged caught off bat and pad, and by the close Australia were facing an innings defeat at 66 for five. An hour and a half on the final morning was all the time Pakistan needed to record their largest victory in Tests. Given the circumstances in which it was gained, it was not necessarily the most meritorious.

Man of the Match: Javed Miandad.

Close of play: First day, Pakistan 227-3 (Javed Miandad 95*, Tauseef Ahmed 7*); Second day, Pakistan 438-6 (Ijaz Ahmed 8*, Aamer Malik 5*) Third day, Australia 116-7 (P. L. Taylor 22*, A. I. C. Dodemaide 4*); Fourth day, Australia 66-5 (A. R. Border 5*, S. R. Waugh 11*).

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