On This Day: August 23, 1974 - Zaheer Abbas scores 240 vs England at The Oval


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Feb 4, 2005
For a test match that was overshadowed by batsmen, a draw was inevitable.

At the close of play on the first day, Pakistan ended the day with 317/2 and Zahher Abbas remained unbeaten on 118*. Earlier in the day, he was dropped when on 74 on the last ball before tea.

The next day he went to make 240 before finally being bowled out by Underwood.

There were two other notable things in this Test for Pakistan, apart from Zaheer Abbas's innings:

- This was Zaheer Abbas's first Test century nearly three years after making 274 (also against England) in 1971

-Mushtaq Mohammad and Zaheer Abbas's record 3rd wicket stand of 172


Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63130.html
On This Day August 23, 1974: Zaheer Abbas scores 240 vs England at The Oval

Quite amazing to see how all the Pakistan batsmen got a start there!
On This Day August 23, 1974: Zaheer Abbas scores 240 vs England at The Oval

Intikhab Alam smashed 32 not out off just 26 balls to set up the declaration:inti.
Arnold / Willis / Old / Underwood / Greig was a pretty good attack too.

Bumble got out to Sarfraz.

Interesting to see Imran not taking the new ball. I think he was a medium pacer in those days.

Poor old Arnold - three catches to slip off three balls went down in an Ashes test once.
The Asian Bradman at his finest!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> in 1974. Zaheer Abbas scored a brilliant 240 against England at The Oval.<br><br>These days the whole Pakistan team struggles to score 240.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/H5ENAl4zr8">pic.twitter.com/H5ENAl4zr8</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1297441188782505984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 23, 2020</a></blockquote>
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What an amazing innings - what I would give to watch it live today!