England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 1987

Watch the highlights of England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 1987 - Pakistan tour of England (Texaco Trophy) 3-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between Pakistan and England at The Oval, London in 23rd May 1987.

Bowlers attack before An brilliant unbeaten 71 by Javed Miandad steers to Pakistan comfortable six-wicket victory over England and level the series with 1-1 in a low-scoring game of the second ODI.

England scored 157 for all-out in 51.1 overs with top scorer by Chris Broad struck 52 off 84-balls including 3-fours, Allan Lamb 26, John Emburey 25 and David Gower 24.

Pakistan best bowler by Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Mohsin Kamal, Tauseef Ahmed each took 2-wickets and one for Mudassar Nazar.

Pakistan chased 158-4 in 52 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad cracked a unbeaten 71 off 129-balls, Mansoor Akhtar 21 and Imran Khan 21 not out.

England best bowler by Neil Foster took 2-wickets and one for Phil DeFreitas.

Javed Miandad named Player of the match for his match-winning brilliant unbeaten 71 off 129-balls including 3-fours.

This match reported by Tony Lewis (Third Party Reference from Sunday Telegraph / The Daily Telegraph)

FOR England this was a slow death. They knew that their total of 157 was not a stiff target but they winkled out early the Pakistan wickets and only when Javed Miandad constructed a patient innings, did they see the lights first dim and then go out.

Pakistan won by six wickets in the 52nd over, so the third match for the Texaco Trophy at Edgbaston Monday will be the decider.

Several England batsmen batted with unrealistic adventure. The pitch, which helped seam, and the overcast day, which suited swing, required a more watchful approach. Nor did Botham bowl well for England. He does not look as if he has recovered fully from the rib injury he suffered in Australia. He tended to pull the ball down short, which England could not afford, and soon after Javed's superb half-century, Pakistan had taken their victory.

Happily, on a damp and over-cast morning play began on time. Both sides made one change from the first Texaco match. For England, Gatting still suffering from an infected toe, was unable to play. Gooch came in but did not dislodge Athey as Broad's opening partner. Pakistan, who replaced the seamer Ijaz Ahmed with the more experienced Mohsin Kamal, won the toss and fielded first.

There was enough movement off the pitch to encourage the bowlers. Athey was leg before to one which nipped back off the seam, but Broad showed the finest judgement of which balls to leave and which to play. Imran tried to contain him on leg stump, but ran into Broad's great strength.

When he changed to the off, Broad stood up and struck handsome shots through the covers. His form was a delight to his home crowd, a Broad failure seems quite remote these days.

Life at the other end was a cruel contrast as Gooch continued to grope for his lost skills. He survived confident appeals for lbw, pushed the ball firmly to leg but was uncertain about anything on the off. He has lost self-confidence; he moves too soon and, perhaps more damagingly, his front foot movement is not related to the pitch of the ball.

This was demonstrated when he was out leg before. The front pad was pushed across and the front foot planted a little way in front of the popping crease before the ball had got half way towards him.

As long as Broad was stroking the ball around, England made easy progress, and even when Lamb and Gower were working the ball into spaces for ones and twos, they looked on top.
Suddenly, on 117, three wickets went down. Gower left room between bat and pad, Lamb was unfortunate to be caught down the leg side off the glove as he tried to swing the off-spinner Tausif to leg, and Botham was caught at deep backward square leg.

Botham had been tied down on leg stump by Tausif and committed suicide with an upward sweep. Four runs later, Richards was gone to a brilliant catch at deep gully by Elahi. Pakistan were visibly encouraged. They rushed a couple of slips back on to the scene and a forward short leg.

Emburey played well but disaster set in around him. How good was the pitch? Certainly there appeared to be more swing towards the end, which would help England's bowlers. Yet Broad, Lamb, Gower and Emburey proved that runs could be collected as long as extravagant strokes were avoided.

Mudassar turned the first ball to leg. When the ball was returned to Dilley he found that it had been scarred by the spike of Gooch's boot. After some discussion he was allowed to replace it with a new one.

There was still plenty of movement off the pitch to excite the seam bowlers. Foster was the best of them and Botham the worst. Foster has an extra bustle about his run-up these days: it has given him a positive approach, as if he is looking forward to getting to the point of delivery, not fearing it. He kept a superb line, had Mudassar lbw and later bowled the unplayable to Mansoor, pitching it on middle stump and hitting off.

Botham, however, sent down a series of short-pitched balls which Mansoor happily swung away to square leg. It was hard to see why Botham was not bowling a full length when there was plenty of movement in the air and off the pitch. Emburey had to take him off after 19 runs.

By tea, two wickets had fallen for 61. Pakistan looked determined. During the interval Imran had his batsmen practising on the outfield while all that England's acting captain had to chew on was the thought that he had turned one ball considerably.

Emburey was frugal but Foster was that and more. He took two wickets and, with a long powerful throw, ran out Salim Malik. Foster fielded the ball deep at square leg and made the lightning decision to throw to the unexpected end, where a direct hit got the wicket.

However, Javed Miandad is something special, an alley cat of a batsman, most dangerous when cornered. His stroke-making can be classical or of his own manufacture. He is sometimes a hotch potch of styles but is also infuriatingly inventive, driving bowlers to distraction as often as he drives them to the boundary, When his determination was linked with Imran's, England were made to suffer a slow demise.



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