First Test Match


A match of high scoring, apart from an unexpected collapse by Pakistan in their first innings, ended in a wave of excitement as Hanif Mohammad, the Pakistan opening batsman, fell only 28 runs short of Sir Leonard Hutton's record Test score of 364. Even so, Hanif completed the longest innings played in a first-class match. He batted for sixteen hours thirteen minutes, and hit twenty-four 4's in an innings of unflagging concentration which exceeded by nearly three hours that of Hutton in his 1938 marathon for England against Australia at The Oval.

After Pakistan followed on 473 behind, Hanif shared in four century stands with Imtiaz Ahmed, Alim-ud-Din, Saeed Ahmed and his brother, Wazir. Not until after tea on the final day was he dismissed, and by then Pakistan were safe from defeat. The West Indies' opening batsman, Hunte, also distinguished himself, for he made a sound century in his first Test, batting five hours and hitting seventeen 4's. Kanhai and Sobers gave good support, and Weekes, helped by Walcott and Smith, punished the bowling before West Indies declared. After two days in the field, Pakistan found the pace of Gilchrist and Smith's offspin too much for them in their first innings, but Hanif's monumental display thwarted West Indies.

Nasim-ul-Ghani, aged sixteen years 248 days, became the youngest player to appear in a Test when he took the field on the first day.

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