First Test Match

AUSTRALIA v PAKISTAN 1981-82

At Perth, November 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Australia won by 286 runs. Australia won the first Test effortlessly after being sent in to bat by Miandad. But the match was marred by a lamentable confrontation between fast bowler Lillee and the Pakistan captain.

In reasonable batting conditions Australia scored only 154 for seven on the first day, off a miserly 74 overs. The Australian innings finished quickly on the second morning preparatory to a sensational batting collapse by Pakistan before the pace of Lillee and Alderman, who reduced them to 26 for eight wickets. Sarfraz, batting at No. 8, made 26, but the innings petered out at 62 - Pakistan's lowest total in a Test match. Lillee took five for 18, Alderman four for 36 including the first-ball dismissal of Rizwan-uz-Zaman, making his d├ębut. At the close of the second day Australia led by 288 with eight second-innings wickets standing, Chappell having gone cheaply.

Laird batted 298 minutes for 85 and Hughes 271 minutes for 106. Yallop batted with assurance for 38 and Border for 37 before being brilliantly caught low down at square leg by Mudassar Nazar. Marsh made an aggressive 47. Set to score 543 to win, Pakistan lost two early batsmen before Mansoor and Miandad took the score to 96, when Mansoor was dismissed by Thomson. There then followed the Lillee-Miandad fracas, after which Yardley's clever off-spin removed six batsmen in a row, including Miandad, top-scorer with 79, Wasim Raja and Imran Khan, to bring Australia a sweeping victory.

The total attendance was 29,284, of whom 9,049 were present on the second day.

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