Pakistan are England’s opponents in 2019’s ODI at Headingley and it will be only the ninth occasion the visitors will have played such a game in Leeds. Paul Dyson looks back at all of the previous encounters. The photo of Headingley in the 1980s comes courtesy of Mick Pope.
Pakistan played its first ODI at Headingley in 1975 and its first five games in the format at the venue were all in the World Cup. The Asian country did not play against England at Headingley as part of a bilateral series until 2001 and has done so only twice more since.
1975 – Even though the format was very much in its infancy the first World Cup was being held and this match was Australia’s seventh and Pakistan’s fourth anywhere in the world. Australia batted steadily to score 278 for seven in 60 overs. Ross Edwards (80 not out), batting at number six, made the top score and took his side to what was then a high total. Pakistan began badly, slipping to 68 for three but half-centuries from Majid Khan and skipper Asif Iqbal took them to 181 for four. Dennis Lillee returned to the attack and Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 24 runs, the fast bowler finishing with five for 34 – the first five-for in any ODI – and his side had won by 73 runs
1979 – Four years later, and in the second World Cup, Pakistan returned to Headingley to play two games. Their first match was against Canada who, ultimately, posed little resistance. They reached 85 for one but three wickets each to the fast-medium of Sarfraz Nawaz and Asif Iqbal’s medium pace ensured that the North American country crawled to 139 for nine in its 60 overs, Majid Khan conceding only 11 runs from 11 overs. In knocking off the runs in 40.1 overs and for the loss of only two wickets, the highest innings of 57 not out was played by Sadiq Mohammad.
Both England and Pakistan were assured of a semil-final place but served up a compelling game. The hosts struggled to reach 165 for nine in 60 overs. At various stages they were four for two and 118 for eight. Graham Gooch top-scored with 33 but Sikander Bakht took three for 32 and it was only a stand of 43 between wicket-keeper Bob Taylor and fast bowler Bob Willis which took the score to its final total. Pakistan reached 27 for one but a wonderful spell of medium-fast swing bowling from Mike Hendrick reduced them to 34 for six as he took four wickets for three runs in eight balls. A half-century from Asif Iqbal restored some stability and only 20 were required from the last two wickets with Imran Khan at the crease. However two wickets from Geoff Boycott’s medium pace, the second courtesy of a tremendous leaping catch by Hendrick, saw England home by 14 runs.
1983 – The third World Cup was also in England and Pakistan returned to Headingley to play in another tight game. Their opponents this time were Sri Lanka and that island’s bowlers reduced their opponents to 43 for five. Imran Khan, now captain, then scored Headingley’s first ODI century and shared a stand of 144 with Shahid Mahmood (77). Ashantha de Mel, who had taken three of the first four wickets, finished with five for 39 but Imran’s 102 not out had taken his side ot 235 for seven in its 60 overs. A half-century from Sidath Wettimuny helped give Sri Lanka a positive start and at 162 for two were in a very psomising position. However the leg-spin of Abdul Qadir wreaked havoc and seven wickets went down for 37. He finished with five for 44 and his team had scraped home by a mere 11 runs.
1999 – After tounaments in Asia (twice) and Australasia the World Cup returned to the British Isles and Pakistan played in yet another gripping match at Headingley. Fifty overs had now beocme standard throughout the world and Pakistan made 275 for eight in theirs. After being 46 for three Abdur Aazzaq (60) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (81) shared 118 together and 108 runs came from the final ten overs. Inzamam was run out but this dismissal was the third such incident involving him, two of his previous partners each finding themselves at his end. Australia were 101 for four after Saqlain Mushtaq (off-spin) had taken two wickets in three balls but skipper Steve Waugh (49) and Michael Bevan (61) stared a stand of 113. The murky conditions suited Pakistan#s pace attack; Shoaib Akhtar was bowling at a terrifying speed but Australia collapsed to Wasim Akram (four for 40) and lost by only ten runs with one ball remaining. The match finished 21 minutes late but only the side bowling first could be penalised.
2001 – This was one of Headingley’s most disastrous experiences in its history when, in the mistaken assumption that the winning boundary had been struck, a large proportion of the crowd invaded the field of play. A steward who attempted to protect the stumps was assaulted, suffered broken ribs and England conceded the match. The game had begun with Waqar Younis clean bowling Marcus Trescothick with the first ball of the match and his first six wickets (he finished with seven for 36) reduced England to 58 for seven. Ben Hollioake, in what turned out to be his last ODI before being killed in a car accident, made 53 but the hosts’ 156 was never going to be enough. Although Darren Gough and Dominic Cork each took two wickets, skipper Alec Stewart taking four catches, 75 from Abdur Razzaq enabled Pakistan to reach a match-winning position when the ugly scenes occurred. No wonder international matches are now so heavily stewarded. (England and Pakistan were both playing in a triangular tournament which also involved Australia. England’s record was played six, lost six.)
2010 – This was the second game in a bilateral series which England eventually won 3-2 and was a excellent match. Both sides broke the record for the highest total in a Headingley ODI, Pakistan’s 294 for eight being unperpinned by an opening partnership of 122 between wickey-keeper Kamran Akmal (74) and Mohammad Hafeez (43). Mohammad Yousuf (46) and Asad Shafiq (50) kept up the momentum but a flurry of late wickets stemmed the tide. Stuart Broad took four wickets but conceded 81 in ten overs in doing so. Skipper Andrew Strauss, opening the batting, led from the front in England’s reply and when he was fourth out only 47 were required for vicdtory. He shared 146 with Jonathan Trott for the second wicket in an emphatic reply to critics who felt his game unsuited to limited-overs cricket. His 126 is still Headingley’s record and his team won the game by four wickets with three balls to spare.
2016 – Coming into this game, the fourth of a five-match series, England were already winning three-nil. A lack of runs from Pakistan – again – was the main reason for them losing once more. Skipper Azhar Ali scored 80 but the only other significant contribution came from Imad Wasim whose aggressive 57 came from only 41 balls and helped take his side to a total of 247 for eight. England’s spinners were their best bowlers, Adil Rashid taking three for 47 and Moeen Ali two for 39, each one bowling his full ten overs. Two wickets from the very tall Mohammad Irfan helped reduce England to 72 for four but a bad attack of cramp meant that the pace bowler delivered only one more ball before having to leave the field. Ben Stokes (69) and Jonny Bairstow (61) then shared a stand of 103 together. The latter was playing only because Jos Buttler tweaked a hamstring during the warm-up. The pair batted pugnaciously and took the game away from the visitors; Ali contriubued 45 not out and England won by four wickets with two overs to spare.
With England three-one up against Pakistan in ODIs at Headingley can the visitors close the gap in 2019 or will the hists continue their good record?