Whenever Pakistan visits England there is a sense of expectation that the men in green will find it tough to counter the conditions and assert their authority which is true because adjusting with the surroundings and seaming conditions in England is a stiff ask but having said that it would be unfair not to mention some of Pakistan’s most cherished victories on English soil.
Fazal Mahmood’s Heroics Brushes Aside England (1954)
Having won the toss and scoring just 133 runs in their first innings, nobody would have expected Pakistan to register a win but devastating fast bowling from Fazal Mahmood lead team Pakistan to a famous victory against all odds. Fazal picked up 6 wickets in each innings to absolutely bamboozle England at the Kennington Oval as Pakistan won their first ever test match in England by 24 runs.
In reply to Pakistan’s 130 runs in the first innings the English side was bundled out for just 130 runs. Pakistan managed 164 runs in their second innings to set England a target of 168 runs but that proved too much as Fazal Mahmood destroyed English top order to hand Pakistan a memorable victory.
Pakistan’s Flag Flying High At The Home Of Cricket (1982)
If there is one venue in cricket where everyone loves to prove their mettle is the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Pakistan faced off against England at this venue in 1982 which was their 7th attempt to register a win here but this time luck was on their side as a fantastic double century from Mohsin Khan lead the charge for Pakistan and helped set up a massive first innings total. England in reply could only muster 227 runs in the first innings and 276 runs in the second innings, after they were asked to bat again, which left Pakistan with a target of just 76 runs which they chased down with all ten wickets in hand.
Mohsin Khan was declared man of the match for his brilliant double ton in the first innings.
Imran Khan Leads The Troops At Leeds (1987)
5 years before leading Pakistan to it’s first ever world cup triumph Imran Khan led from the front at the Headingley, Leeds as Pakistan registered a convincing win by an innings and 18 runs. Imran Khan picked up 3 wickets in the first innings and 7 wickets in the second innings to end all English hopes of a win over this exuberant Pakistan side. Wasim Akram also played a key role in Pakistan victory by picking up 5 wickets in the match and a quickfire 43 runs off just 42 balls in the first innings to propel Pakistan to a more than decent first innings total of 353 runs.
Imran Khan was declared man of the match for bowling exceptionally well and for his astute captaincy skills in the field at crucial junctures of the match.
The Two W’s Frustrate England (1992)
At Lord’s in 1992 Pakistan and England locked horns once again and this match went down to the wire as both teams gave their all in order to come out with a victory but it was Pakistan’s day as they managed to scrap their way to victory courtesy a fine late order batting show by Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. The duo joined hands to score a score a match winning partnership of 46 runs for the 9th wicket as Pakistan scrambled to a two wicket win over the Barmy Army.
England scored 255 runs in the first innings and Pakistan in reply took a lead of 38 runs by putting up 293 runs on the board. The English side was dismissed cheaply for 175 runs in the second innings which set Pakistan a a target of 138 runs which the Pakistan side chased down for the loss of eight wickets.
Wasim Akram was declared man of the match for picking up 6 wickets in the match and scoring crucial 45 runs in the second innings which proved to be the difference in the end.
Rise of Mohammad Amir (2010)
Thanks to the talented Mohammad Amir Pakistan were able register a win at Oval in London on their last tour of England. Mohammad Amir picked up 5 wickets in the second innings of the test match which proved to be a match winning spell under the circumstances as England were rolled over for a low total of 222 runs which set Pakistan an easy target of 148 runs. Although Pakistan chased down the total but they were close to making a hash of things because they lost 6 wickets for just 132 runs with not much left in the tank as far as their batting was concerned.
Although Amir was banned from playing cricket after this tour of England for his involvement in the infamous spot fixing scandal but this was one of the matches which showcased his skill and talent in front of the entire world.
What To Expect This Time?
Although defeating England in England is a mammoth task but you can never underestimate the green shirts because they never cease to surprise you whenever they are not given a chance. Under Misbah Pakistan will have to overcome the difficult English conditions and acclimatize with the conditions quickly and settle in their groove so that they don’t bow out without a fight.