On this day, October 27, 1986, Abdul Qadir claimed six wickets each as Pakistan were able to bowl out the mighty West Indies for 53 in the second innings and win the first Test by 186 runs. Wasim Akram claimed 6/91 in the first innings, whereas Qadir claimed 6/16 in the second innings, ripping apart the Windies line-up that included many greats at the time. West Indies travelled to Pakistan to play a three-match Test series and five-match ODI series. It was in the first Test in Faisalabad where the Imran Khan-led Pakistan side demolished West Indies.
Imran won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test, a gutsy move given the likes of Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall and Patrick Paterson in the attacking line-up. Opener Mohsin Khan was the first to depart after being trapped by Marshall for an LBW. In the very next delivery, Marshall trapped Ramiz Raja who departed for a duck. The hosts were reeling at 19/3 after Patterson removed Javed Miandad for 1. However, Saleem Malik (21) and skipper Imran Khan (61) stitched a solid partnership before Pakistan were bowled out for 159 in 38.5 overs as Tony Gray claimed 4/39 and Marshall registered figures of 3/48.
The tourists were able to play confidently before an unseen collapse fell through. Desmond Haynes (40), Richie Richardson (54), Larry Gomes (33), Roger Harper (28) and skipper Vivian Richards (33) were unable to score as the ‘King of Swing’ Akram weaved his magic and claimed figures of 6/91, helping Pakistan restrict the tourists to 248.
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