In the year 2006, the test match had been played between India and Pakistan in Karachi. Pakistan lost 6 wickets for 39 runs due to Irfan Pathan’s three-wicket knock of the first over. But then Pakistan won this match with a huge margin of 341 runs. How and why did this happen? (IND vs PAK Karachi Test 2006)
Which Pakistani player performed miraculously in this match, due to which Irfan Pathan’s hard work was destroyed. It is equally important for you to know this. That is because this tremendous test match started 14 years ago today. Team India went on a tour of Pakistan in 2006 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. The first two Tests played in Lahore and Faisalabad were draws.
Irfan Pathan took hat-trick in the first over
Seeing the moisture of the pitch in the Karachi test, Rahul Dravid won the toss and chose bowling. Salman Butt and Imran Farhat descended for the opening for Pakistan. Irfan Pathan took over the reins of bowling for India. No run scored on the first three balls. But when the first over was ended, Irfan took a hat-trick.
On the last three balls of the over, Pathan caught Salman Butt in the first slip by Dravid. Younis Khan was out lbw at full length. At the same time, Mohammad Yusuf bowled. Irfan Pathan became the second Indian to take a Test hat-trick. Pakistan’s score was three wickets without a run. By 11 overs, Pakistan scored 43 runs for six wickets. Zaheer Khan took two wickets and RP Singh took one wicket.
Pakistani batsmen hit back strongly
But after this Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq strongly counter-attacked. Pakistan had reached 123 runs in 30 overs. After crossing 150 runs, the seventh wicket fell. After this, Akmal took the score beyond 200 with Shoaib Akhtar. Akmal completed the century on the first ball of the 52nd over of the innings by hitting a boundary near the point.
Pakistan’s first innings was ended at 245. Pathan took five and RP Singh took three wickets. In response to Pakistan’s 245 runs, India could score only 238 runs in the first innings. Mohammad Asif took four and Abdul Razzaq took three wickets. Seven batsmen of Pakistan scored 50 plus in the second innings. (IND vs PAK Karachi Test 2006)
Pakistan made 599 runs in the second inning
Salman Butt (53), Imran Farhat (57), Younis Khan (77), Mohammad Yusuf (97), Faisal Iqbal (139), Shahid Afridi (60), and Abdul Razzaq (90) beat the Indian bowlers a lot. Pakistan declared the second innings by scoring 599 runs for seven wickets. India had a target of 607 runs.
But India once again collapsed in front of Mohammad Asif and Abdul Razzaq. Only Yuvraj struggled and scored 122 runs. India was scored only 265 runs in the second innings. They lost the match by 341 runs and the series team lost 1-0.