Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI 1987 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI 1987 - England tour of Pakistan 3-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between England and Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi in 20th November 1987.

Graham Gooch's career-best 142 and David Capel's unbeaten fifty sets up to England comfortable 23-run victory over Pakistan, despite a opener Ramiz Raja's 99 and took an unbeatable 2-0 lead to seal the series in the second ODI.

Match Stats :
  • Graham Gooch became the fourth England batsman to score a century against Pakistan in One-day international after David Lloyd, David Gower and Allan Lamb.
  • Graham Gooch became the second England batsman to scored six centuries in One-day internationals after David Gower's 7-hundreds.
  • Graham Gooch's 142 was the joint second highest score for England in One-day international, jointly with Bill Athey and the highest-score by an England batsman against Pakistan in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 118 held by Allan Lamb at Nottingham in 1982.
  • Rameez Raja became the first player to be dismissed with obstructing the field in ODI cricket history.
  • Ramiz Raja became the first Pakistan batsman to dismissed on 99 in One-day international and overall the fifth player in ODIs.

England scored 263-6 in the alloted 44 overs with top scorer by Graham Gooch blasted a career-best 142 off 134-balls - which was his 6th ODI hundred and his first century against Pakistan in ODIs - including 14-fours.

David Capel cracked a unbeaten 50 off 40-balls including 3-sixes & 3-fours with strike rate of 125, Chris Broad 22 and Mike Gatting 21.

Pakistan best bowler by Abdul Qadir picked up 3-wickets for 30-runs in 8-overs, Zahid Ahmed and Mohsin Kamal both took one-wickets.

Pakistan chased 240-8 in 44 overs with top scorer by Ramiz Raja struck 99 off 122-balls - who fell one-run short of his century - including 6-fours.

Shoaib Mohammad cracked a 37 off 62-balls including 3-fours, Saleem Malik scored 35 off 33-balls included 4-fours, Ijaz Ahmed blasted a 26 off 17-balls contained 4-fours with strike rate of 152.94 and Manzoor Elahi 17.

England best bowler by Neil Foster, John Emburey both took 2-wickets and one for David Capel.

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

GRAHAM GOOCH overcame tiredness with self-discipline and technique to stroke 142 with such calm authority that England could afford a few tremors before beating Pakistan in Karachi.

England's 23-run victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the one-day international series. They now fly to Peshawar for on Sunday third and final game with potentially a much-changed team geared to match practice and wondering if their journey to this northern outpost is really necessary.

Within 30 miles of Peshawar six people were killed on Thursday as Afghan planes penetrated Pakistan air space and artillery indiscriminately shelled villages. There was also a bomb explosion in a Peshawar police hostel.

This is probably the least suitable place for England to relax and ease the pressure, having won their fifth limited-overs series in six attempts this year, the exception being the World Cup in which they were beaten finalists.

Overall England have 22 victories in their 30 limited-overs internationals this year and in the latest series, thanks partly to Gooch, they have survived the absence of Botham and Gower far better than Pakistan have weathered the loss of Miandad, through a throat infection, and Imran.

England's personnel for this tour, and especially for these one-day games, still lacks an established attacking batsman alongside Gooch and Gatting but Capel, a forceful all-rounder with a quiet personality, compensated in unexpected style today.

Obstructing field

While Gooch, the man of the match, scored his runs off 134 balls, with 14 fours, made his sixth hundred and highest score in 62 one-day internationals, Capel hit an unbeaten 50 off 40 balls with three successive sixes off Shoaib and three fours.

England's long-term delight was Capel's maiden international half-century because Gooch's exploits, well catalogued and well known, have become something almost taken for granted. Filling Botham's boots offers an appropriate challenge for Capel, a former shoemaker from Northampton.

Capel's strokeplay in the burning midday sun helped to yield 109 runs in 13 overs with Gooch, and England roared to 263 for six. Pakistan made 240 for eight, losing Ramiz, with 99 off 118 balls, to that rare mode of dismissal, obstructing the field.

Precisely why Ramiz and Zahid, his partner, contemplated trying to steal a single off the last ball when they needed 24 to win was hard to understand but it cost Ramiz, the non-striker, his wicket.

French rolled back the ball to Capel, the bowler, only for Ramiz, halfway down the pitch, to jab his bat deliberately in its path. This summed up the confused thinking in Pakistan cricket at present.

Despite bowling 23 overs of spin Pakistan managed a rate of only 13 overs an hour but, once again, appreciated Qadir's tantalising repertoire. He took three for 30 including the wickets of Broad, caught at slip off a googly, and Gooch, stumped.

Gatting's run out, after sharing a partnership of 65 in 11 overs with Gooch, exploited his being caught in three minds. Gatting sauntered the first run, misguidedly anticipating his thin sweep was going to the boundary.

The second run was comfortable but Gatting, responding to Gooch's insistent call for a third, was beaten by Kamal's 75-yard direct hit which missed one set of stumps, eluded the wicketkeeper and overtook Gatting down the pitch to the bowler's end.

Fairbrother, bowled through the gate, and DeFreitas, yorked leg-stump first ball, departed tamely but England, having scored 97 for one in the first 22 overs, added another 166 runs in the second half of their innings.

Capel, who had already marred the day of Shoaib, the offspinner, ruined it by deflecting a firm stroke from Ramiz on to the non-striker's stumps to run him out in a remarkable repetition of Wednesday's instance at Lahore when he dismissed Malik by diverting Mudassar's drive.

Malik's departure was orthodox yesterday when failing to check a cover drive and being caught. 

Athey's two-handed stretching catch unseated Ijaz and a classic limited-overs mix-up ran out Elahi when Ramiz hurriedly opted for self-preservation.



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