Fourth Test Match


Gavaskar brought a sense of occasion to the eleventh consecutive draw between these two countries when, with a delectable late cut off Ijaz Faqih, he scored the 58th run needed for his 10,000 runs in Test cricket. The first to scale this summit, he achieved it in his 124th test and 212th innings. Other Test landmarks were a maiden hundred by Ijaz - he also took a wicket with his first ball in the match - Yadav's 100th wicket, when he dismissed Iqbal Qasim, and Qadir's 150th wicket.

For the first time in ten years India played four spinners. Pakistan included Ijaz, who had arrived two days earlier to cover for Tauseef, who was ill, Manzoor Elahi and Qadir; Miandad was unfit with back problems. Electing to bat first on a pitch which looked under-prepared, Pakistan settled immediately for attrition, putting on a paltry 130 in 86 overs on the first day, although their tactics almost rebounded on them when they were 176 for six on the second. Ijaz and Imran revived the innings, putting on a record 154 for Pakistan's seventh wicket against India, and Ijaz went on to his hundred before the close, reaching both 50 and 100 with sixes off Maninder.

India batted from the second hour of the third day until almost the last of the fourth, when Wasim Akram brought their innings to an abrupt end by taking four for 10 in fourteen balls - three in one over. Gavaskar's feat put in the shade the competent hundred by Vengsarkar - his fifteenth in Tests - but Kapil Dev's 50 from 52 balls introduced a refreshing freedom to a match marked by slow batting. Indeed, the proceedings on the final day were unbearable. Only 33 runs were scored in the two hours to lunch, with Younis batting for 73 minutes for 2 runs; in all, 111 runs came in a day truncated by the decision to stop after ten of the final twenty overs. Rizwan took just over five hours for his 58, Younis four and a half hours for his unbeaten 34. The declining interest in the series could be understood.

The fourth day was marred by crowd disturbances in a city with a history of communal trouble. In the afternoon, the Pakistan outfielders were pelted with stones and, having with the umpires' consent taken his players off, Imran was reluctant to continue. Kapil Dev and Gavaskar appealed for calm over the public address system, and when play resumed after tea, some 50 minutes having been lost, the Pakistanis injected a dose of ironic humour as six of them took the field wearing helmets.

Man of the Match: Ijaz Faqih.

Close of Play: First day, Pakistan 130-4 (Salim Malik 17*, Manzoor Elahi 19*); Second day, Pakistan 379-7 (Ijaz Faqih 104*, Abdul Qadir 20*); Third day, India 165-3 (D. B. Vengsarkar 62*, K. S. More 1*); Fourth day, Pakistan 25-0 (Ramiz Raja 14*, Rizwan-uz-Zaman 10*).

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