Exactly 35 years ago, one of the best cricketers of all time, Imran Khan registered his 12th five-wicket haul against England at Headingley, Leeds. It was the third Test of Pakistan’s tour of England in 1982.
England had won the first Test by 113 runs at Edgbaston. Pakistan came back to win the second one by 10 wickets at Lord’s. Imran Khan won the toss and chose to bat in the third Test. Pakistan scored 275-10 in 100.5 overs in the first innings. Having scored 67* (131) with the help of nine fours and two sixes, Imran Khan was the highest run-scorer for the visitors. With bowling figures of 24.5-9-70-4, Sir Ian Botham was the pick of English bowlers.
In reply, England scored 256-10 in 89.2 overs on the back of David Gower’s 74 (169). Pakistan’s slender lead of 19 runs was mostly because of Imran Khan’s figures of 25.2-7-49-5. In the second innings, Pakistan were bundled out for 199-10 in 81 overs. Botham was once again amongst the wickets as he picked his 20th Test five-wicket haul.
England scored 219-7 in the fourth innings to win the match by 3 wickets and the series 2-1. However, Imran Khan did not let the home team without giving a fight. He picked up three wickets in the fourth innings. The other four wickets were clinched by Mudassar Nazar. Despite his team losing the match, Khan was declared the Man of the Match.
Watch the full video of Khan’s performance in the match: