[VIDEO] On This Day: August 17, 1954 - Pakistan win their first ever Test match against England


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Feb 4, 2005
Still a comparatively young team having been given Test status a little two years in 1952, Pakistan recorded their first ever win against England in Tests on August 17, 1954. What better venue than The Oval to have done so!

After winning the toss, Pakistan's first captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar chose to bat first. The Pakistan batting lineup struggled and were bowled out for 133 with Kardar being the highest scorer for Pakistan with 36 runs. In response, Pakistan's fast bowlers Fazal Mahmood and Mahmood Hussain ripped through the English lineup bowling them out for 130 finishing up with figures of 6/53 and 4/58, respectively.

Effectively, Pakistan had a 3-run lead going into the 2nd innings in a match that was turning out to be a low-scoring contest. The 2nd innings was no different as Pakistan batsmen found runs hard to come by. At one stage, being 82/8, Pakistan were looking to be bowled out under 100. However, courtesy of a 58-run partnership between Wazir Mohammad and Zulfiqar Ahmed allowed Pakistan to reach 162, before they were bowled.

Batting last, England started the chase confidently and at one stage looked comfortably placed at 109/2, needing only 59 runs with 8 wickets in hand. Kardar however, had other plans as he forced an English batting collapse and finished with figures of 6/46, bettering his first innings effort. England had been bowled out for 143 and Pakistan had won by 24 runs.

Fazal Mahmood finished with figures of 12/99 for the test match and wicket-keeper Zulfiqar Ahmed had provided good support behind the stumps, taking seven catches for the match.

This was indeed a special moment in Pakistan's cricketing history, defeating England in England. Additionally, this victory meant that Pakistan had leveled the 4-match series at 1-1.


Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62776.html
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Truly historic event for Pakistan's cricketing history! First of many to come in the future
On This Day August 17, 1954: Pakistan win their first ever Test match against England

Must have been quite a thrilling game in the end, given only 24 runs separated the teams.

Despite having never seen him, I have always rated Fazal Mahmood very highly.
Our first super star Fazal made it possible on this day! RIP Hero of The Oval
60 Overs in a test match. This guy was a machine. 30 Ovs out of 59 in the first innings :mj
Fazal Mehmood also bowled 101 over in a match against Windies 50 overs one innings and 51 overs in another innings.

And than he also bowled 85 overs in one innings of a match. He was a true machine!
I clearly remember that match. Was in my mid 20's back then:lara.
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An excellent win against a very powerful England side featuring Hutton, May, Compton, Graveney, Evans, Wardle, Statham and Tyson.