Pakistan vs England 1st ODI 1987 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs England 1st ODI 1987 - England tour of Pakistan 3-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between England and Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore in 18th November 1987.

Phil DeFreitas hit six off last-over of the match to give England thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan and take a 1-0 lead in a low-scoring thriller of the first One-day international.

Pakistan scored 245-8 in the alloted 45 overs with top scorer by Ramiz Raja cracked a 38 off 54-balls including 3-fours.

Saleem Malik scored 30 off 54-balls including 4-fours, Saleem Yousuf 22 and Ijaz Ahmed 17.

England best bowler by John Emburey picked up 3-wickets for 17-runs in 8.3-overs, Neil Foster, Eddie Hemmings both took 2-wickets and one for David Capel.

England chased 167-8 in 44.3 overs with top scorer by Graham Gooch struck 43 off 49-balls including 6-fours.

Neil Fairbrother hit 25 off 36-balls including 2-fours, Bill Athey scored 20 off consuming 67-balls without a boundary and Mike Gatting 16.

Pakistan best bowler by Wasim Akram picked up 3-wickets for 25-runs in 9-overs, Zahid Ahmed, Abdul Qadir both took 2-wickets.

This match reported by Michael Austin (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

PHILLIP DeFREITAS, off-driving Abdul Qadir for an enormous six. enabled England to survive batting misadventures, some self-inflicted, some thrust upon them, with a remarkable two-wicket win over Pakistan in the first one-day international at Lahore.

DeFreitas, a renowned striker of the ball, produced his master-stroke by combining inspiration with desperation to bring victory with three deliveries remaining.

England, needing only 167 to win, must have found the umpiring as frustrating as a slow, obstinate pitch, but weathered the loss of Gatting and Athey to highly doubtful decisions.

Gatting was judged leg before to a turning ball from Qadir, which would probably have missed the off stump by six inches, and Athey perished to an equally curious verdict when a ball from Akram pitched out-side the leg stump.

England are well accustomed to the vagaries of Pakistan's umpires on past experience, but accepting their decisions, at least inwardly, does not become any easier, especially when front-line batsmen are involved.

Gatting pleased

Gatting. England's captain, while pleased with victory, admitted it was not achieved in the way he would have liked.

"The wickets and crowds in Pakistan are like us
all worn out. I would have much preferred to play a three-day game at this stage of the tour.
He added that he might change England's team if they took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. 

Pakistan will have at least one alteration at Karachi on Friday, because Yousuf, their wicketkeeper, dislocated a thumb today.
England, though approached, could not agree to Pakistan's calling on a specialist substitute because of a change in the rules. Malik took over, fumbling his way through the innings. Zulqarnain will take up the gloves in the next match.

Umpiring curios included the failure to award England five runs when Malik had fumbled the ball on to a redundant fielder's helmet on the ground behind him. It made Pakistan's complaints last summer about David Constant, acknowledged as one of the world's best umpires, seem richly ironic. Neutral umpires worldwide for Test and international matches would be the obvious but not universally acceptable answer.

England's victory followed an artisan, rather than artistic performance, in which Emburey's figures of three for 17, bringing the Man of the Match award, and Gooch's innings of 43 off 59 balls assumed deep significance.

Emburey, the third most economical bowler in the World Cup behind Harper and Qadir. took three wickets for one run in 10 balls as Pakistan's innings crumbled with the loss of eight wickets for 70 runs in 15 overs.

Javed Miandad's absence because of influenza put Pakistan at a psychological disadvantage, though Qadir, who became captain for the first time, led by example, hitting the only six of their innings, and bowled a typically teasing length.

Pakistan's first seven batsmen are all right-handers, which eased England's task of bowling a tight line. Only Ramiz, Malik and Yousuf gathered runs with conviction, and only Yousuf's were scored quickly.

England's effective out-cricket, together with the challenging pace of DeFreitas, the excellence of Emburey and the continued wicket-taking of Hemmings, prompted Pakistan's dismissal for 166 in 41.3 overs.

Panic was engrained in Pakistan's batting. No side should be all out in a 45-over match on a Test pitch, but hope and despair were partners in their downfall.

Even Qadir was run out by Capel's 25-yard direct hit, frantically seeking a second run when Pakistan needed to conserve wickets. Capel's fingertip deflection of Mudassar's drive had earlier run out Malik, the non-striker.

England had also made mis-calculations with Capel run out after being sent back by Athey. Gooch, bowled by Qadir's googly, and Broad, edging Akram's inswinger which left him off the pitch, fell to sumptuous deliveries.

Ponderous Athey

Gatting and the ponderous Athey, who made 20 off 67 balls, capitulated in the realms of the dubious, and it needed Fairbrother's 25 off 36 balls to take England within sight of their target.
They had needed 48 off the last 10 overs, bowled by Akram, Zahid, a left-arm spinner, and Qadir, who had been hit for three consecutive fours by Gooch before mystifying him next ball on the back foot.

Gooch's departure, having made his runs out of 61 in 15 overs, began the tension. A dull. first innings was cast aside and DeFreitas, having failed in his swashbuckling efforts to win the World Cup final, succeeded this time.



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