Pakistan vs India 1982/83 (Part Five)

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Tue, 25/01/2022
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Pakistan had already won the ODI series, but there were still two Test matches to play. Both were curtailed for different reasons.

In the fifth Test match, in Lahore, rain wiped out play completely on the fourth and fifth days of the match.

India won the toss, chose to field, and enjoyed early success until Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad put on 148 for the third wicket. Miandad was dismissed for 85 and Mudassar made an unbeaten 152, but he ran out of partners. Pakistan were all out for 323, Kapil Dev taking 8-85.

Like Pakistan, India lost early wickets, but Mohinder Amarnath rebuilt the innings with the help of Yashpal Sharma. Amarnath fell for 120 late on the third day, but Yashpal was 63 not out and India on 235/3 when the weather intervened and not a ball more was bowled.

The sixth Test match, in Karachi, was impacted for a different reason. Play had to be abandoned on the fourth afternoon when a local riot inspired by political reasons saw some sections of the fanbase attempt to damage the pitch.

That overshadowed a match where the bat tended to dominate ball.

India had won the toss and chose to bat. Opener Ravi Shastri top-scored for them, with 128, while Dilip Vengsarkar made 89, as they declared on 399/8.

Pakistan responded in kind, with Mohsin Khan and Mudassar sharing an opening partnership of 157 before Mohsin fell for 91. Mudassar went on make 152. The middle order contributed as well, and Pakistan were able to declare on 420/6.

The second time round, captain Sunil Gavaskar scored 67 and Amarnath was unbeaten on 103, when time ran out with India on 224/2. The match was declared a draw.

That meant that Pakistan also won the Test series, having won three out of the six matches and not losing even one.