From AZ Aamir
After having failed to impress so much in seven Test Series on English soil, Pakistan, for the first time, conquered England 1-0 in the 1987 five-match Test Series under the captaincy of Imran Khan. England were led by Mike Gatting.
The first Test in Manchester ended in a draw. Most of the show had been wasted due to bad weather. Tim Robinson hammered 166 to enable England post 447 in their first innings. Wasim Akram and Mohsin Kamal got four wickets each. In response, Pakistan reached 140-5 at stumps on the fourth day. No play was possible on the final day. Mansoor Akhtar made 75 and Javed Miandad chipped in with 21.
Meanwhile the second Test at Lord’s also ended in a stalemate due to bad weather as only one innings was hardly completed. England posted 368 all out in their first innings. Bill Athay blasted 122 and Chris Broad made 55. Skipper Mike Gatting and stumper Bruce French made 43 and 42, respectively. Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Mudassar Nazar got two wickets each.
In the third Test at Leeds, Pakistan inflicted an innings and 18 runs defeat on England which later also enabled the visitors to seal the series for the first time. England perished for 136 in their first innings with David Capel top-scoring 53. Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Mohsin Kamal got three wickets each.
Salim Malik then hammered a solid 99 to enable Pakistan post 353 in their first innings to force England into follow-on. Malik hammered eight fours from 238 deliveries. Ijaz Ahmed hit 50 and Wasim Akram made 43. Frontline pacer Neil Foster produced his career-best figures of 8-107. After being forced to follow-on, England’s batting once again failed and were skittled out for 199 to face an innings defeat. David Gower belted 55. Imran ripped through England batting as he picked 7-40 in 19.1 overs, finishing the match with 10-177. The feat also helped Imran fetch man-of-the-match award.
The fourth Test at Birmingham also ended in a draw. Mudassar Nazar (124), Saleem Yousuf (91*) and Javed Miandad (75) guided Pakistan to pile-up 439 all out in their first innings. Medium pacer Graham Dilley claimed 5-92.
In response, England accumulated 521 all out to secure 82 runs lead. Mike Gatting led from the front with 124 while Tim Robinson (80), David Gower (61), John Emburey (58) and Chris abroad (54) were the other major contributors. Imran once again excelled by picking 6-129. Pakistan, in the second innings, were bowled out for 205 to set 124 runs target for England in 18 overs and they reached 109-7 in 17.4 overs. Chris Broad made 30. Imran Khan (2-61) and Wasim Akram (2-41) claimed two wickets each.
The fifth Test at The Oval also ended in a stalemate. Javed Miandad (260), Imran Khan (118) and Salim Malik (102) enabled Pakistan post 708 all out in their first innings. Miandad, who hit 28 fours and one six, added 234 runs for the fourth wicket stand with Malik and another 191 for the fifth wicket with Imran. Graham Dilley claimed 6-154. England, in response, were bundled out for 232 and had to follow-on.
Mike Gatting (61) and John Emburey (53) left some impact. Leggie Abdul Qadir picked 7-96. After being forced to follow-on, Mike Gatting played a skipper knock, scoring 150 not out off 302 balls as England reached 315-4 to avert a defeat. Gatting added 176 for the fifth-wicket unbroken association with Ian Botham who remained not out on 51. Qadir took 3-115, finishing the match with excellent figures of 10-211. Mike Gatting was declared player of the series.