On This Day April 19th, 1988: Miandad scores Day 5 century in Trinidad Thriller


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    On This Day April 19th, 1988: Miandad scores Day 5 century in Trinidad Thriller

    The two heavy-weight teams went face to face again after Pakistan snatched victory in the 1st test. With Pakistan looking to seal the series in the 2nd test, Day 5 started with Pakistan needing 265 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Javed Miandad was on 19*, Saleem Malik on 17*. All 4 results were still possible.



    After losing Saleem Malik for 30 and Imran Khan for 1, Miandad put on a 113 run partnership for the sixth wicket with the then 19 year old Ijaz Ahmed. Ijaz ended up scoring 43 as Miandad put on 102 having batted for over seven hours. With just over 20 overs remaining in the day, however, both would be dismissed.

    Pakistan were 288-7, needing 84 runs in 20 overs. With Saleem Yousuf and Wasim Akram at the crease, it was still possible. It was when Akram was dismissed for 2 that the odds went towards a West Indies victory. Pakistan were 311-8.

    Saleem Yousuf and Ijaz Faqih continued to fight for the draw after abandoning the chase and managed to survive and defend The drama wasn't over, however, as Yousuf fell LBW on the first ball of the over leaving Pakistan at 341-9.

    Abdul Qadir had to defend the last 5 balls of IVA Richards' over to prevent the West Indies winning the test match and to ensure the series remained 1-0 Pakistan heading into the 3rd test.

    He managed to do exactly that and the teams went to Bridgetown with Pakistan looking for their first ever series win in the West Indies.

    Match Scorecard:
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63482.html

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    What a thrilling finish! But its Pakistan who should have won that.

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    That series was probably one of the best ever but since it involved Pakistan no one ever talks about it. Three scintillating test matches, greats of the game performing at the highest level possible, Marshall, Richards, Imran, Javed, Dujon, Yousuf, Greenidge, Haynes, Qadir and Akram.

    Wish there was some good television coverage available for it

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    Wonderful series. Pakistan clashed against the West Indies as equals unlike any other team at the time.

    One of the highlights of Imran's career as captain.

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    Pakistan actually came unstuck the previous day.

    Leading by 20 on the first innings, they could do little about a brilliant century from Viv Richards, who had missed the first test with haemorrhoids.

    They reduced West Indies to 81-4, but then came Richards' great century. Wasim Akram's groin was troubling him and he was running in from four paces, and Imran Khan overbowled himself and ran out of steam.

    When Richards was out West Indies were 272-6 and soon fell to 301-8, but with Imran suffering from a chafed groin and sore feet they escaped to 391 all out, thanks to an unbeaten century from Jeff Dujon who prior to Gilchrist was probably the wicketkeeper who batted the best.

    This meant that the target blew out from around 290 to 372, which was just too many.

    Imran had packed the team with players who could bat, so Imran, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir were the only real bowlers, as Ijaz Fakih was a Shoaib Malik-style all-rounder.

    He realised his error, and for the next Test brought in Saleem Jaffer as an additional bowler, but his poor batting ironically may have been the difference between a narrow victory in spite of crooked umpiring and a narrow defeat.

    Lastly, an honourable mention for Saleem Yousuf. He was never much of a wicketkeeper, but his scores of 39 and 35 made a massive difference for Pakistan. West Indies scored 174 in the first innings and when Yousuf came in Pakistan had been reduced to 68-7. His 39 in a crucial partnership with Saleem Malik kept Pakistan alive in a match which they were on course to lose inside 3 days.
    Last edited by Junaids; 19th April 2013 at 17:17.

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    Brilliant series between best two sides in world game at the time. Pakistan should have won the series and it was only dodgy home umpiring that cost pakistan the final test match. This was the 1st of two occasions (Tour in late 90s early 2000) where we were robbed of a series win due to crap and biased home umpiring.


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