Record Book – Pakistan’s ODI wins at Lord’s

The Super League rolls on with England hosting Pakistan in the second ODI at Lord’s on 10th July. This match will mark the return of a full house to the ‘home of cricket’, even as England have been forced to go into the series with a depleted squad. Pakistan have won four out of their eight ODIs played against England at Lord’s so far. Overall, they have won six out of 13 ODIs at the venue. Here is a look back at those instances. 

Beat England by three runs, Fourth ODI, 1992

Having already lost the series, Pakistan held on to a narrow win in this rain-reduced 50-over clash (stipulated overs were 55) played across two days. After a slow start, Pakistan pushed to 204/5 thanks to captain Javed Miandad (50*). The second day saw controversy when the umpires changed the ball during the chase without giving a clear reason. England were ahead at 191/6, before capitulating to 201 with four balls left.

Beat England by two runs, Fourth ODI, NatWest Series, 2001

Nine years later, Pakistan notched another thrilling win at Lord’s. After Yousuf Youhana’s 81 had carried Pakistan to 242/8, England stuttered to 26/3. Marcus Trescothick and Owais Shah (62) put on 170 for the fourth wicket, but Pakistan fought back with regular strikes. When Trescothick was ninth out to Saqlain Mushtaq for 137, England needed six in four balls. With three needed off the last ball, Andy Caddick was out stumped.

Left-hander Haris Sohail smashed 89 in just 59 balls to help Pakistan beat South Africa at the 2019 World Cup (source – AFP)

Beat England by seven wickets, Second ODI, 2006

Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a convincing victory in this rain-reduced 40-over affair, set up by the new-ball pair of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif. Akhtar (4/28) removed captain Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell while Asif (2/10) snared Trescothick and Kevin Pietersen to leave England tottering at 44/4. The hosts were skittled for 166, after which the Pakistani batsmen sealed the deal in the 37th over.

Beat England by 38 runs, Fourth ODI, 2010

Trailing the series 2-1, Pakistan were in a must-win situation. Mohammad Hafeez (64) anchored the top order, but it was a late surge by Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq – the latter hit 44* in 20 balls – that boosted the total to 265/7. Captain Strauss (68) and Steven Davies added 113 for the first wicket, but the batting to follow unravelled. Umar Gul (4/32) devoured the lower order to secure Pakistan’s win in the 47th over.    

Beat South Africa by 49 runs, World Cup League Stage, 2019

Pakistan kept their semifinal hopes alive thanks to a dominating performance with both bat and ball. After openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on 81, Babar Azam (69) and Haris Sohail (89 in just 59 balls) powered their side to a formidable 308/7. South Africa lost Hashim Amla to Mohammad Amir’s first ball in the second over, and never really looked like reaching the target. The innings ultimately ended at 259/9.

Beat Bangladesh by 94 runs, World Cup League Stage, 2019

Pakistan’s semifinal dream was all but over ahead of this last league match. A second-wicket stand of 157 between Imam (100) and Babar (96) laid the foundation for a total of 315/9, even as Mustafizur Rahman took 5/75. The second innings belonged to Shaheen Shah Afridi, who became the youngest man to take a World Cup fifer en route to figures of 6/35 – the best in ODIs at Lord’s – that limited the Tigers to 221 in the 45th over.

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