1996 England-Pakistan Series: Mushtaq spins visitors to 2-0 series victory

Mushtaq Ahmed

From AZ Aamir

After winning the 1987 and 1992 series Pakistan toured England for the tenth time in 1996 under the captaincy of Wasim Akram and won the three-match Test Series 2-0, the third straight series winning triumph on English soil. England were led by Mike Atherton.

In the first Test at Lord’s Pakistan whipped England by a huge margin of 164 runs. Pakistan rode on the batting heroics of Inzamam-ul-Haq (148), Saeed Anwar (74) and Rashid Latif (45) to post 340 all out in their first innings. Left-arm medium pacer Alan Mullally took 3-44. Dominic Cork got 2-100. England were then bowled out for 285 in response as Pakistan gained a 55-run vital lead. Graham Thorpe (77), Nick Night (51) and stumper Jack Russel (41) were the prominent contributors.
Waqar Younis and Atta-ur-Rehman claimed four wickets each. Saeed Anwar (88), Ijaz Ahmed (76) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (70) then enabled Pakistan to declare their second innings at 352-5 to set a stiff target of 408 for the hosts. Dominic Cork got 3-86. Chasing a tough target England’s batting faltered and were folded for 243 to lose the game by a massive margin. Alec Stewart (89), Atherton (64) and Ian Salisbury (40) were the main contributors. Leggie Mushtaq Ahmad took 5-57 while Waqar Younis claimed 4-85, finishing with eight wickets in the match that also fetched for him man-of-the-match award.

Meanwhile the second Test at Leeds ended in a draw. Ijaz Ahmad (141), Moin Khan (105) and Salim Malik (55) guided Pakistan to 448 all out in their first innings. Dominic Cork picked 5-113. Alec Stewart (170) and Nick Knight (113) then catapulted England to 501 all out, in response, taking 53 runs lead. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmad claimed three wickets each. Pakistan then declared their second innings at 242-7 when bails were drawn, signalling for the end of the match. Inzamam struck 65 while Ijaz Ahmad belted 52. Andy Caddick got 3-52. Alec Stewart was declared man of the match.

In the third Test at The Oval Pakistan defeated England by nine wickets to seal the series 2-0. John Crawley (106), Graham Thorpe (54) and Alec Stewart (44) enabled England to stage 326 all out in their first innings. Waqar Younis took 4-95 while Wasim Akram claimed 3-83. In response, Saeed Anwar (176) and Salim Malik (100*) guided Pakistan to 521-8 declared in their first innings, thus gaining 195 runs lead.
Alan Mullally claimed 3-97 while off-spinner Robert Croft got 2-116. England, after facing a huge deficit, were then folded for 242 which meant Pakistan would have to chase only 48 to win which they raced to in only seventh over. Alec Stewart made 54 and Nasir Hussain chipped in with 51. Mushtaq Ahmad, the leggie, destroyed England batting in the second innings, as he snared 6-78, for match-figures of 8-156. Mushtaq was also declared man-of-the-match. Alec Stewart and Mushtaq Ahmad were also adjudged as players of the series.

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