On This Day October 13th 1987: Abdul Qadir triggers England collapse in World Cup

Gotham Cronie

Test Debutant
Jun 15, 2006
In the fifth match of the 1987 World Cup, Pakistan and England faced off in Rawalpindi.

Both teams had started their campaigns off in thrilling fashion. Pakistan had defeated Sri Lanka by 15 runs while England had squeaked by West Indies in a two-wicket victory. That trend continued when they would go up against each other.

After England skipper Mike Gatting won the toss and elected to bat, his bowlers backed him up by keeping the scoring tight. Pakistan were batting at under four runs a over at the 30-over mark.

Saleem Malik (65 off 80 balls) top-scored for Pakistan with Ijaz Ahmed contributing a run-a-ball 59. Pakistan captain Imran Khan was suffering from food poisoning but managed to support Ijaz with 22 off 32 balls in a crucial partnership. Pakistan would finish on 239/7 from their 50 overs. To complicate things further, they had to defend this target with Imran who would neither field nor bowl in the second innings.

In reply, England started in a similar sluggish fashion. Openers Graham Gooch and Chris Broad added 52 in 14 overs before Gooch had his stumps rattled by Abdul Qadir. They would recover, however, and managed to reduce the equation to 34 required off 24 balls with six wickets in hand.

That is when chaos ensued. Qadir, who had already taken two wickets at that point, came on to bowl his 10th and final over. He would strike for a 3rd time, trapping Allan Lamb via LBW. John Emburey was the next to go, being run-out in the same over. Qadir would end up picking up his fourth wicket by having England wicket-keeper Paul Downton caught behind by Saleem Yousuf. Qadir finished with bowling figures of 4/31 from 10 overs.

The collapse continued with Derek Pringle and Neil Foster being run-out as well before Saleem Jaffar trapped Gladstone Small via LBW.

England lost six wickets for 15 runs in a space of 16 balls as Pakistan pulled off a 18-run victory.

Wow! Excellent bowling!
The sheer genius of this man, May Allah swt grant him an abiding place in paradise