Home > Features > Moments in history >

Mohsin Khan demolishes England with the first double century by a Pakistani at Lord’s

Mohsin Khan demolishes England with the first double century by a Pakistani at Lord’s

Mohsin Khan © Getty Images

On August 13, 1982, Pakistan’s dashing opener Mohsin Khan brought up his first double ton against England at the holy shrine of the game, Lord’s. Prakash Govindasreenivasan looks back at the knock that laid the foundation for a resounding 10-wicket win for the visitors.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan did not have the best of starts to their tour of England in 1982. Despite breaking his back and picking up nine wickets in the match, his batsmen failed to apply themselves. Opener Mudassar Nazar suffered a golden pair and only Mansoor Akhtar managed to score a half-century as Pakistan squandered a chance to take a first innings lead after bowling out England for 271. On the penultimate day, Imran fought a losing battle with the bat as his gutsy knock of 65 couldn’t prevent the hosts from going 1-0 up in the three-match series with a 113-run victory.
Lead up to the Lord’s Test

Inspite of a 1-0 lead, the Englishmen had problems ahead of the second Test at Lord’s. Skipper Bob Willis failed the race against time to be fit for the second Test after he suffered a neck injury while trying to evade a bouncer from Imran in the first Test. David Gower took over the responsibility of leading the side in his absence. Robin Jackman was brought into the line-up in place of Willis, giving the former his first Test in England. Geoff Miller was unwell too, and was replaced by Derek Pringle.
Day One

Imran won the toss and decided to bat on what seemed pretty flat wicket at Lord’s. That along with a decline in England’s bowling attack helped Pakistan build. Mohsin Khan started the proceedings with a straight back drive off Ian Botham on the first ball of the game, and that was just the beginning. As the match progressed, both batsmen got rid of their helmets and seemed quite comfortable in the middle.

England struck to remove Nazar with the score at 53, but there was no stopping Mohsin. He played some exquisite strokes through the day. With the ball refusing to move in the air, Mohsin took his risks and lashed out at the deliveries outside the off-stump and got the desired boundaries. When he was bowled deliveries down the leg side, he would display his grace with a silken glance behind square.  Such was his rhythm early on that he brought up his half-century with a powerful square cut to stamp his authority over the English bowlers.

The 27-year-old scored heavily through the covers as the England bowlers offered him half-volleys all day long. Looking at Mohsin’s growing confidence with every stroke, it was hard to tell this man was just one Test century old before this knock.

Mohsin Khan demolishes England with the first double century by a Pakistani at Lord’s

With the wicket not offering anything to the bowlers, Mohsin even took the aerial route on a couple of occasions © Getty Images

Pakistan took lunch at 109 for one with Mohsin going strong on from one end. When play resumed, Mohsin continued to display his repertoire of some of the most handsome strokes.  There was a fine glance to the fine leg boundary off Botham and a mighty square cut through covers off Pringle that defined his form on that day. A flick between mid-wicket and mid-on helped him collect a couple of runs and bring up his century as England fielders started to tire.

With the wicket not offering anything to the bowlers, Mohsin even took the aerial route on a couple of occasions. Mansoor Akhtar fell for a well-made half century and a partnership of 144 for the second wicket with Mohsin. Towards the end of the day, Mohsin was seeing the ball so well that he even danced down the track and picked up boundaries. Bowler Eddie Hemmings followed it up with a predictable short-pitched delivery and Mohsin was alert enough to go on his back-foot and late cut it to the third man boundary and bring up his 150. The day came to an end with Mohsin unbeaten on 159 and Pakistan on 295 for three.
The double ton

Mohsin carried forward his form to the second day, being touching distance away from becoming the first Pakistani player to score a double ton at Lord’s. After the new ball was taken, Mohsin’s green cap was replaced by a white helmet while his appetite for boundaries remained intact. He got going with a flowing cover drive and powerful pull off the same over from Pringle.

Botham dismissed Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed in quick succession, but their tormentor-in-chief surged on. With a single via a dab on the leg side, Mohsin brought up his double ton and was deservedly applauded by one and all at Lord’s, while the Englishmen on the field too went up to him to congratulate him on his feat. A couple of fans also made it to the centre of the field to give him a pat on the back for his achievement. It was the eighth double ton scored at Lord’s.

Mohsin was looking to continue his aggressive batting and tried to flick one past the square leg fielder but failed and had to depart at 200. He walked back to a standing ovation.

What followed

Pakistan posted a first innings total of 428 and bowled out England for just 227, with Abdul Qadir (four wickets), Sarfaraz Nawaz (three wickets), Imran Khan (two wickets) and Tahir Naqqash (one wicket) sharing the spoils. Imran enforced the follow-on and a splendid six-wicket haul for Nazar helped them bowl out the hosts cheaply again. With only 77 to get, England cruised to a 10-wicket win and squared the series 1-1.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 428 (Mohsin Khan 200, Zaheer Abbas 75; Ian Botham 3 for 148, Robin Jackman 4 for 110) and 77 for no loss (Mohsin Khan 39*) beat England 227 (Allan Lamb 33; Abdul Qadir 4 for 39, Sarfaraz Nawaz 3 for 56) and following on 276 (Chris Tavare 82, Ian Botham 69; Mudassar Nazar 6 for 32) by 10 wickets.

Man of the Match: Mohsin Khan

(Prakash Govindasreenivasan is a reporter with CricketCountry. His Twitter handle is @PrakashG_89)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: 1st Test sees disappointing crowd turnout

Virat Kohli spot-kicks raise money for charity in Indian Super League

Duleep Trophy 2014-15: Naman Ojha smashes double ton as Central Zone pile huge score against North Zone

David Warner half-century guides Australia to 113/0 against Pakistan on Day 2 of 1st Test

Sachin Tendulkar wishes fans on Diwali

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

Joginder Sharma: When an over eclipses a career

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here