England vs Pakistan 3-Match ODI Series in 1977/78

England tour of Pakistan 3-match one-day international series of the final and 3rd ODI match played between England and Pakistan at Lahore in 13th January 1978 - Pakistan won by 36-runs.

Pakistan were glad to have Sarfraz Nawaz, their fast bowler back in their cricket team against England in the Lahore one-day, England were not so happy.

Sarfraz Nawaz having made his peace with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) apologising for his walk-out after the first Test on 19th December 1976.

Sarfraz Nawaz placated the spectators too as he set up 36-runs victory over England in the final and third limited one-day international match at Lahore.

England already won the 3-match one-day international series 2-1, but Pakistan's success inspired by Sarfaraz Nawaz brought a rapturous response from a crowd of about 10000 at the Gaddafi stadium.

England won the toss and Invited to Pakistan batted first, Pakistan made a poor start to their innings, Arshad Pervez (8) bowled out by John Lever, then Shafiq Ahmed (3) stumped out by Bob Taylor off Phil Edmonds.

At this stage Pakistan were 41-2, after eleven runs Pakistan fell two quick wickets with opener Mudassar Nazar 30 runs for middle stump bowled by Phil Edmonds, Wasim Raja goes to duck out by Geoff Boycott takes the brilliant catch off Geoff Cope over.

After Pakistan 53-4 in 17 overs,  Mohsin Khan and Javed Miandad set the valuable 59-run stand for fifth wicket partnership, Javed Miandad added important 31 off consuming 75 deliveries including one boundary, Miandad caught out by Boycott off Cope.

Mohsin Khan scored a delightful 51 off facing 75-deliveries included four 4s and Hasan Jamil quick 21-runs off 15-balls including one four and one six helped to Pakistan had made a modest 158 for six wickets from their allotted 35-overs in the eight-ball overs.

England bowler John Lever took 2-25, Phil Edmonds 2-28, Geoff Cope and Chris Old each took 1-1 wickets.

Sarfraz Nawaz playing in front of his home crowd, sent England reeling by capturing the wickets of England captain Mike Brearley (1) and Geoff Boycott (6) in his first three overs.

The England score was 15 for two and from there England stumbled to 122 all-out with 22-balls still remaining their innings.

Mike Brearley was first to go, snicking a catch to Shafiq Ahmed at slip and then Geoff Boycott driven back on his stumps was leg before wicket.

Geoff Boycott might have felt that the ball hit him a little high for the decision to be a good one, but he had been desperately lucky to survive the first ball of the innings again bowled by Sarfraz Nawaz, when he edged a simple catch to first slip, where Shafiq Ahmed dropped the ball.

England subsided to 49 for five in the 15th over before a stand of 48 by Derek Randall and Graham Roope revived their hopes of victory.

But at 97 Derek Randall (32) was brilliantly caught by Mudassar Nazar at deep mid-wicket off Wasim Raja, The England tail submitted meekly and England last wicket with Graham Roope (37) was run out

Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz took 2-7 in his 5-over spell, Wasim Raja picked up 3-23, Hasan Jamil 2-20 and Iqbal Qasim 1 wicket.

Pakistan Right-arm legbreak spinner Wasim Raja named player of the match for his wonderful spell of 3-23 in his 4.6 overs, he was took match turning wickets of Derek Randall, Bob Taylor and John Lever.

England vs Pakistan 1st ODI at Sahiwal - 23rd December 1977

England won by 3 wickets with last ball thrilling finish.

Pakistan scored 208/6 in 35-overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad 77 not out, Wasim Raja (36), Shafiq Ahmed (29), debutant Mudassar Nazar (20) and Hasan Jamil (20), which was both batsmens scored same scores in their first one-day matches, and Pervez Mir (18).

England best bowler by Ian Botham picked up 3-wickets 39-runs,  Mike Hendrick 1-50 and Geoff Miller 1-46.

England chased 212-7 in last ball of the 35th over with top scorer by debutant Brian Rose 54, who played his first one-day match, Derek Randall (35), Mike Brearley (30), Geoff Roope (29), debutant Mike Gatting (17), who played his first one-day match.

England Ian Botham (15), who was the first player to finished the match with a last ball boundary in one-day international cricket history.

Javed Miandad named batsman of the match for his unbeaten 77 off facing 109-deliveries including three 4s and two 6s.

England player Ian Botham named Bowler of the match and Fielder of the match for his brilliant spell of 3-39 and save the valuable runs with his outstanding fielding.

England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI at Sialkot - 30th December 1977

England won by 6 wickets with 17 balls remaining.

Pakistan scored 151 for all out in 33.7 over of their allotted 35-overs with top scorer by Wasim Raja (43), Mudassar Nazar (33) and Hasan Jamil (28).

England best bowler by John Lever 3-18, Phil Edmonds 2-28, Ian Botham, Geoff Cope, debutant Geoff Miller each took 1-1 wickets.

 England chased 152/4 in 32.7 overs with top scorer by Derek Randall (51), Brian Rose (45), Ian Botham 17 not out and Geoff Miller (16), who played his first one-day match.

Wasim Raja named Batsman of the match for his delightful 43 off 54 deliveries including two 4s and two 6s.

John Lever named Bowler of the match for his magnificent spell of 3-18 in 6-overs.

Derek Randall named Fielder of the match for his fabulous fielding save the important runs and take the brilliant catch of Mudassar Nazar.



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