Second Test Match


The relatively low-scoring match, on a pitch which had previously produced high scores against India and Australia, featured a contrast between pace bowling, which secured fifteen wickets for West Indies, and spin bowling, which took all twenty wickets for Pakistan. In the absence of Holding, West Indies played just three fast bowlers, backed by Nanan on his Test début; they had previously played eight successive Tests without a spin bowler.

Choosing to bat first on a turning pitch, West Indies were baffled by the accuracy of the spin bowlers and had been bowled out for 235 by the first evening. Nazir Junior's off-breaks earned him his best Test figures of five for 44. Richards gave substance to their innings after being dropped by Imran at long off when only 5 - a costly error. Taslim Arif fell to the third ball of the second day without a run on the board and the only resistance to the speed of Clarke and the offspin of Nanan came in a tenacious half-century from captain Javed Miandad. Batting again 59 ahead, West Indies were once more kept in check by spin; only Richards scored freely and from 129 for two they lost seven wickets for 69 before Clarke, on his 26th birthday, hit three successive sixes off Nazir, equalling Hammond's Test record as well as the Test record of 22 runs off a six-ball over (held by Tate and Voce off A. E. Hall and Motz off D. A. Allen). With Nanan, Clarke added a record 44 for the tenth wicket against Pakistan and was named Man of the Match. Needing 302 to win, Pakistan were swept away soon after lunch on the fourth day, only Wasim Raja holding firm as they suffered their first defeat on Pakistan soil since November 1969, when they were beaten by New Zealand.

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