First Test

Pakistan v New Zealand 1964-65

At Rawalpindi, March 27, 28, 30. Pakistan won by an innings and 64 runs with more than a day to spare. It was their first victory at home in six years and came in the first Test to be played at Rawalpindi. Pakistan retained eight of their touring team in New Zealand earlier in the year. They included Mohammed Farooq who toured England in 1962 and Majid Jahangir who played against Australia in October 1964. Salah-ul-Din, an 18-year-old all-rounder, completed the side. New Zealand included Dick who joined the team due to an injury to Ward during the Indian tour. Reid made his 53rd consecutive Test appearance, thus beating Peter May's record of 52.

Hanif, winning the toss, caused little surprise by sending in New Zealand to bat. Half the wickets fell for 39, but Taylor defied the bowling for ninety-six minutes, hitting thirteen 4's in his aggressive 76, but New Zealand were all out for 175, twenty minutes before the time arranged for the tea interval. Pakistan soon lost Naushad, but Ilyas stayed just over two hours for 56, hitting eleven 4's and with Saeed, 68 in eighty minutes with thirteen 4's, added 114 in that time for the second wicket. At the close needed only 38 for the lead with three wickets down.

New Zealand's second batting attempt was worse than the first. In fifteen minutes before the close they lost four wickets for two runs and finished at 59 for six, still 86 behind. Next day, three more wickets fell at 59 - making five at the same total - and seven for two. Taylor and Collinge resisted for almost half an hour, but it was all over after only forty minutes' cricket on the third day. Pervez took four wickets for five runs, giving him eight for 47 in the match. Altogether the match lasted no mmore than twelve hours and forty minutes.

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