India vs Pakistan 1st ODI 1987 Article

Read the article of India vs Pakistan 1st ODI 1987 - Pakistan tour of India 6-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between Pakistan and India at Nehru Stadium, Indore in 27th January 1987.

A fiery bowling opening spell by captain Imran Khan before Mudassar Nazar, Abdul Qadir and Manzoor Elahi guided Pakistan tense three-wicket victory over India, despite a Ravi Shastri's all-round effort and take a 1-0 lead in the first ODI.

India scored 196-7 in the alloted 45 overs with top scorer by Ravi Shastri struck 50 off 68-balls including 5-fours & a six.

Madan Lal hammered a 38 off 26-balls including 4-fours & a six with strike rate of 146.15, Chandrakant Pandit cracked a unbeaten 33 off 40-balls included 2-fours and Mohammad Azharuddin 15.

Pakistan best bowler by Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir both took 2-wickets, Manzoor Elahi, Saleem Jaffar and Mudassar Nazar each took one-wickets.

Pakistan chased 200-7 in 44 overs with top scorer by Mudassar Nazar scored 43 off 80-balls including 4-fours.

Abdul Qadir cracked a 39 off 46-balls including 3-fours & a six, Manzoor Elahi hammered a 27 off 19-balls included 2-sixes & 2-fours with strike rate of 142.10, Saleem Malik 23, Imran Khan 22 not out and Ijaz Ahmed 17.

India best bowler by Ravi Shastri picked up 3-wickets for 37-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Kris Srikkanth, Chetan Sharma and Maninder Singh each took one-wickets.

This match reported by Nigel Dudley (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

PAKISTAN beat India by three wickets in the first one-day international at Indore yesterday in a game they dominated from the first 15 overs when the home team was reduced to 30 for three.

The tourists were under pressure only during the final five overs of the Indian innings, which yielded 53 runs, and during spells by spinners Maninder Singh and Ravi Shastri.

Shastri captained the Indian side in the absence of Kapil Dev, who has pulled a thigh muscle.
The toss, won by Pakistan who decided to put India in, was decisive. The pitch was brown, but the 9 a.m. start meant it was still damp from overnight dew and gave encouragement to the Pakistani seamers.

Fierce spell

A fierce opening spell from Imran Khan removed both Gavaskar and Srikkanth. With the left arm seamers Wasim Akram and Salim Youseff bowling tightly, India could never gain the initiative.

Of the early batsmen only Ravi Shastri, with an elegant 50, looked comfortable as India slumped to 125 for six. It was left to wicketkeeper Chetan Pandit and all-rounder Madan Lal to give the Indian score some respectability.

In the last 10 overs India scored 75 runs, with Madan Lal hitting an adventurous 38 in 26 balls.
Despite the early alarm of losing Rizwan Uz-Zaman, hooking Sharma to square leg, Pakistan appeared in little trouble until they lost three quick wickets to the Indian spinners.

Maninder bowled very tightly while Shastri, giving the ball more air, tempted Mudassar and Ejaz Ahmed into giving return catches.

For a time it appeared that the inexperience of Pakistan's batting might be exposed but a 51 partnership between Abdul Qadir, who was promoted to No. five, and Salim Malik steadied the innings.

Qadir, who was made man-of-the-match for his hard-hitting 39 and taking two wickets, was dropped twice.p

Once the spinners had finished, the seam bowlers, on a wicket that had completely dried out, posed no threat to Imran as he steered his side to a comfortable victory.



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