First Test Match


At Karachi, November 15, 16, 17, 19, 20. Pakistan won by eight wickets. Toss: West Indies. Haynes, hitting his fifteenth hundred in 90 Tests, was the only West Indian batsman to prosper after his decision to bat first on a pitch devoid of grass and subsequently revealing uneven bounce. He lost Greenidge in Waqar Younis's first over, and just when a second-wicket partnership of 73 had put the innings on course, Richardson was made to pay for his impetuosity against the leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed. Logie, too, suffered from a lapse in concentration when seemingly set, and West Indies owed everything to their captain's first Test hundred against Pakistan. Younis bowled well to take five wickets for the fourth successive Test innings and was unlucky not to have Haynes caught behind when he was 92.

Initially the second day looked less likely to go Pakistan's way. The West Indians batted for almost an hour while adding 24 runs, and then they had Pakistan 27 for three. However, that was the turning-point. Shoaib Mohammad and Salim Malik remained unbeaten until the close, and early next day they passed Pakistan's fourth-wicket record against West Indies, 154 set in 1957-58 by Shoaib's father, Hanif, and uncle, Wazir. When Malik was caught behind off Marshall, having batted 268 minutes (208 balls) for his eighth Test hundred, Shoaib added 80 for the fifth wicket with Imran Khan before Marshall dismissed him too, after almost eight hours' batting (314 balls). Imran, reprieved behind the wicket when 35, batted for more than five hours for his unbeaten 73, but a blow on the leg was to prevent him fielding.

A sound start saw West Indies clear their first-innings deficit for the loss of Greenidge. No sooner was that achieved, though, than they lost five wickets for 42 runs in fifteen overs, and at the close they were only 88 runs ahead with just three wickets in hand. Logie batted valiantly for an unbeaten 58 (163 minutes, eight fours), but the Pakistan fast bowlers needed no more than 21 balls on the final morning to finish the innings and leave Pakistan a comfortable target of 98. This they achieved cautiously, and with a session to spare.

Man of the Match: Salim Malik.

Close of play: First day, West Indies 237-8 ( D. L. Haynes 113*, I. R. Bishop 12*); Second day, Pakistan 171-3 ( Shoaib Mohammad 48*, Salim Malik 88*); Third day, Pakistan 332-9 ( Imran Khan 60*, Waqar Younis 5*); Fourth day, West Indies 172-7 ( A. L. Logie 51*, C. E. L. Ambrose 0*).

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