On This Day: October 28, 1986 - Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir tear through the West Indies

Gotham Cronie

Test Debutant
Jun 15, 2006
As the heavy-weight West Indies team toured Pakistan in 1986, they came across a Imran Khan led squad that wouldn't back down, especially in front of their home crowd. This was never as evident as it was on Day 4 of the 1st Test in the series.

Pakistan had a disappointing start after winning the toss and electing to bat, slumping to 37/5 before a counter-attack from Imran which consisted of 61 runs off 75 balls. The team recovered to 159 in their 1st innings.

In reply, the Windies were all out for 248, gaining a 1st-innings lead of 89 runs despite career-best bowling figures of 6/91 from Wasim Akram.

Pakistan put up a better show in their 2nd innings, reaching 183/4 at the end of Day 3. With only a 94-run lead, however, they needed to continue their improvement on Day 4 to stand a chance and give their bowlers fighting total to defend.

On Day 4, Pakistan stuttered and lost wickets continuously before another counter-attack, this time from Akram who blasted 66 off 82 balls. Pakistan were dismissed for 328. The innings is remembered for Saleem Malik coming out to bat with his arm in a plaster after breaking it in the 1st innings. His courageous effort was able to allow Akram to face more deliveries.

West Indies needed 240 runs to go up 1-0 in the series and had four sessions at their disposal. What followed was a pure sight to see as Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir tore through the Windies' batting lineup. Imran finished with bowling figures of 4/30 while Abdul Qadir picked up another 5-wicket haul, his 10th in Tests.

By the end of Day 4, the West Indies were 43/9, left trying to figure out what had just happened in the Iqbal stadium in Faisalabad. The next day on Day 5, Qadir caught Malcolm Marshall off his own bowling to finish with bowling figures of 6/16 in 9.3 overs. The West Indies were all out for 53, which was their lowest ever in Tests. It was also the lowest Test innings score ever in Pakistan. The collapse left the West Indies with just their fourth loss in their previous 57 Tests, winning 30 of them.

Pakistan won by 186 runs.

Never knew about the 53 all out thing, quite incredible stuff.
61 runs off 75 balls when the whole team put together (quite a decent batting line up :jm, Mudassar, Qasim Umar, Saleem Malik, ...) made 159... :ik saving his team with the bat when not with the ball.
Didn't know about this either, brilliant win, another reason why IK is the GOAT.
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Never knew about the 53 all out thing, quite incredible stuff.

That was back then their lowest score ever, before breaking their own record when they got 51 AO against the Aussies more than one decade later, in '99 (at home!)


Then in 2004 47 AO vs England, which (hopefully) remains their lowest innings score in a Test matche


They also got 76 AO vs Pakistan once, courtesy the legendary :fazal (took wickets of Kanhai, Sobers, amongst others)

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Looks like Richards got injured early. I noticed he came to bat after Marshall in first inning. A great achievement by Pak team to bundle WI team for just 53.
What's interesting is the similar all-round performances between Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

In the 1st innings for both teams, Imran Khan came in 90/5 and hit 61 off 75 balls. Wasim Akram took bowling figures of 6/91.

In the 2nd innings for both teams, Imran Khan came in 258/8 and hit 66 off 82 balls. Imran Khan took bowling figures of 4/30.
I vividly remember most of the English press having the same back page headline.....

West Indies 43-9

This was just six months after the West Indies had inflicted a 5-0 blackwash on England.
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Back when Pakistan was at its peak from 1982-1994.

From 1995 onwards, it all went downhill.
Those sweet memories- I was too kid to understand the game then, but was very keen already. My cousins were hearing commentary over radio and one of my uncle (former player) was a explaining the game - I remember him telling before WI 4th innings that PAK has won the game already by comprehensive margin - my cousins didn’t agree with him, but I was listening from a corner & must admit that I agreed with my elder cousin, a first division player then, who said it’ll be close but WIN is too good not to chase below 300 targets. My uncle actually said that Qadir will be unplayable here after WIN pacers running on the wickets for two days (sounded Latin that time - how come footmark outside the line can help bowlers!!!!!)

By the end of the day, I decided that I’ll have to dig in deep, if I am to enjoy this game.....
I remember reading about it at the time. Viv Richards was in a batting slump and it affected the whole team.

He played the best wishes innings of the game though (probably series as well), in first innings : 89 out of 249 against what was arguably the best Test attack that time on a poor wicket.
Abdul Qadir, you may not be alive now but you will not be forgotten after this performance. Amen.

Most talented and handsome leg spinner ever.
Back when Pakistan was at its peak from 1982-1994.

From 1995 onwards, it all went downhill.

I believe 98-2001 was a very good period for you too. You guys had just found Shoaib, Razaq, Mahmood, Moin khan was still around, Yousuf youhana was there. What happened thereafter was disappointing!