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Memory Match: England v Pakistan

— 14 May 2019
  • 1979-2016

Although Pakistan first played in an ODI at Headingley in 1975 that game was against Australia in the very first World Cup. Their first such game against England at the Leeds venue came four years later, also in the same tournament. Paul Dyson looks back at this match, the first of only four between the two countries at Headingley. The contemporary photo of the ground comes courtesy of Mick Pope.

June 16, 1979 at Headingley: England 165-9 in 60 overs; Pakistan 151 in 60 overs (Asif Iqbal 51, M Hendrick 4-15). England won by 14 runs.

By the time this game took place both England and Pakistan were assured of a semil-final place in the eight-team competition. They each had two wins under their belts – both against Australia and Canada. Nevertheless they served up a compelling game.

On a cloudy and breezy morning Asif Iqbal won the toss for Pakistan and asked England to bat. With Mike Brearley being dismissed second ball and Derek Randall soon following to make the score four for two it looked like a good decision. Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch repaired the damage with a stand of 47 but this remained the highest of the innings. Gooch’s 33 from 90 balls also stayed as the top score. He was brilliantly caught by Sadiq Mohammad in the gully. David Gower and Ian Botham also made good starts, although the runs were coming slowly. Both fell to Majid Khan’s off-spin, as had Boycott, and a further three wickets for three runs reduced the score to an inconvincing 118 for eight. Wicket-keeper Bob Taylor and Bob Willis rescued the innings with a stand of 43 but after the latter had become Sikander Bakht’s third victim the end soon followed and England had made a mere 166 for nine in its 60 overs.

Pakistan started its innings with an opening stand of 27 but a wonderful spell of medium-fast swing bowling from Mike Hendrick reduced the score to 34 for six as he took four wickets for three runs in eight balls. Only Sadiq of the top six got into double figures. Hendrick moved the ball both ways and bowled a perfect length. A half-century from Asif Iqbal restored some stability; he made 51 from 104 balls and received contrasting support from Wasim Raja (21 from 25 balls) and Imran Khan. Eventually only 20 were required from the last two wickets with plonty of overs remaining. 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. Imran batted responsibly for 21 not out from 82 balls but Hendrick’s four for 15 from 12 overs, including six maidens, was a real match-winning performance.

Pakistan lost to West Indies in their semi-final and England beat New Zealand. The final was very one-sided with West Indies triumphing by 92 runs, Viv Richards scoring 138 not out and Joel Garner taking five for 38. It meant that West Indies had emerged victorious from each of the first two World Cups.

  • Since that year England have played three further ODIs against Pakistan at Headingley. The Asian country were victorious in 2001 but England won in 2010 and 2016 to now hold a three-one lead in this ‘series’.

    Man of the Match

    Mike Hendrick was a member of a four-pronged pace attack who all played in this match and who formed a very successful quartet for England in both forms of the game in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ian Botham. Chris Old and Bob Willis, together with Hendrick, were all Test regulars in the period 1977-81 and all played in each of the three Ashes-winning series which took place in that five-year era.

    Born in Darley Dale, Derbyshire in October, 1948, Hendrick attended St Mary’s Grammar School, Darlington, Durham and made his debut for Derbyshire in 1969 in both of the formats of the game which were being played at that time. His breakthrough season came three years later when he took 58 wickets in first-class matches and 23 in List A games. His performances in limited-overs cricket in that season included outstanding figures of six for seven against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge – an analysis which remained his best in that format. As a result of this excellent season he received his county cap and was elected Young Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers’ Club.

    International debuts soon followed; Hendrick’s first ODI came in 1973 and he made his Test debut in the following year. Tall and very well-built, he was a very economical bowler; he bowled a nagging length but it was often felt that this was too short for international batsmen and he was the only member of the previously-mentioned quartet to take neither 100 Test wickets nor a five-for at that level. He was probably at his best on the 1978/79 tour of Australia when he took 19 wickets at the excellent average of 15.73. On ten occasions around this time he was joined in England’s team by Geoff Miller and Bob Taylor and these are the only Tests with three Derbyshire players in the side. After 30 Tests his career concluded in 1981 with 87 wickets at 25.83. He took 35 wickets in 22 ODIs, his best being five for 21 against Australia at The Oval in 1980.

    Hendrick was one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in its 1978 edition and was later rewarded by Derbyshire with a benefit in 1980, this raising over £36,000, but took part in a rebel tour of South Africa in 1981/82. He moved to Nottinghamshire for the succeeding summer and spent three years with his new county. He took 770 wickets in a total of 267 first-class matches, his best performance being eight for 45 against Warwickshire at Chesterfield in 1973.

    With a rhythmical approach to the wicket, an arched back and high arm Hendrick regularly posed problems for even the best batsmen. His decimation of Pakistan’s top order at Headingley in 1979 will be remembered for a long time.

    ENGLAND v PAKISTAN – ODIs – 1974-2017


    Results (home and away)

    • Played 82, England won 49, lost 31, No Result 2.
    • (at Headingley: Played 4, England won 3, lost 1)

    Highest innings totals

    • England – 444-3 – Trent Bridge – 2015
    • Away – 355-5 – Dubai – 2015/16
    • At Headingley – 295-6 – 2010
    • Pakistan – 353-6 – Karachi – 2005/06
    • Away – 304-6 – Cardiff – 2016
    • At Headingley – 294-8 – 2010

    Lowest innings totals

    • England – 122 – Lahore – 1977/78
    • At home – 156 – Headingley – 2001
    • Pakistan – 74 – Adelaide – 1991/92
    • At home – 130 – Abu Dhabi – 2011/12
    • In British Isles – 85 – Old Trafford – 1978
    • At Headingley – 151 – 1979

    Highest individual innings

    • England – 171 – AD Hales – Trent Bridge – 2015
    • Away – 142 – GA Gooch – Karachi 1987/88
    • At Headingley – 126 – AJ Strauss – 2010
    • Pakistan – 137- Ijaz Ahmed – Sharjah -1998/99
    • At Home – 113 – Rameez Raja – Karachi – 1987/88
    • Away – 113 – Javed Miandad – The Oval – 1987
    • At Headingley – 80 – Azhar Ali – 2016

    Highest partnerships

    • Eng 248 (2nd) – AD Hales (171) & JE Root (85) – Trent Bridg – 2016
    • Pak 167 (2nd) – Rameez Raja (113) & Salim Malik (88) – Karachi – 1987/88
    • 167 (3rd) – Younus Khan (101) & Mohammad Yousuf (60) – Southampton – 2006

    Best bowling

    • England – 4-15 – RGD Willis – Old Trafford – 1978
    • 4-15 – M Hendrick – Headingley – 1979
    • Away – 4-23 – N Gifford – Sharjah – 1984/85
    • Pakistan – 7-36 – Waqar Younis – Headingley – 2001
    • At home – 5-20 – Saqlain Mushtaq – Rawalpindi – 2001/02

    Most dismissals in a match by a wicket-keeper

    • 4 (3 ct, 1 st) Moin Khan – Pakistan – Karachi – 2000/01
    • 4 (all ct) AJ Stewart – England – Headingley – 2001

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