First Test Match

Pakistan v West Indies

At Karachi, February 20, 21, 22, 24, 25. Pakistan won by ten wickets. Fazal Mahmood, Pakistan's new captain, sent West Indies in on winning the toss, and himself played one of the principal roles in their downfall on the matting pitch. Hunte fell to him in the first over, and though Holt and Kanhai shared a second-wicket stand of 62, Butcher alone of the later batsmen offered prolonged resistance.

Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Ahmad consolidated the advantage with a record second-wicket stand for Pakistan of 178. Hanif was extremely painstaking, occupying six and a half hours over his fourth Test hundred, which included only seven 4's.

Then, in an extraordinary spell, Pakistan lost their last five wickets for the addition of 20 runs and their lead was restricted to 158. West Indies appeared in danger of an innings defeat with half the side out for 109, but Butcher and Solomon came to the rescue. Earlier, Fazal captured his 100th wicket in Test matches when he trapped Sobers lbw.

Pakistan needed 88 to win, and achieved this without losing a wicket, though Hanif was injured and took no further part in the series.

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