Kent v Pakistan: previous meetings

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Tour Match

Kent v Pakistan: previous meetings

Pakistan visit the Spitfire Ground in April 2018 and it will be the twelfth time we have welcomed the current Champions Trophy holders in the Garden of England.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s side will face Kent for the eleventh time with Pakistan facing England Lions at Canterbury in 2006.

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Kent’s only victory against the touring side came in 1987 and the tourists have been triumphant on four occasions.

Here we review the eleven previous matches…

2010 – Match drawn

Matt Coles and Joe Denly opened the batting with 21-year-old batting all-rounder Alex Blake taking 2/9 including the scalp of star all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Denly hit half-centuries in each innings and the standout performers for the tourists were Umar Akmal (153) and 18-year-old Mohammad Amir (5/54).

2006 – England Lions draw

Kent opener Rob Key smashed a fluent century on his home ground in a strong Lions side featuring Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Matthew Hoggard and Stuart Broad.

Former Kent all-rounder Alex Loudon scored 51 and took three wickets on his return to Canterbury.

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2001 – Match drawn

22-year-old Rob Key hit a fine century in a mammoth stand with future Kent coach Matt Walker.

The pair added 207 for the third wicket with Walker scoring 98 before Paul Nixon’s quick-fire 43 not out helped the hosts to 313-5d.

In reply, Saeed Anwar hit an imperious 201 before Amjad Khan picked up the only wicket of the innings to spark a declaration on 307-1 as the match inevitably ended in a draw.

1996 – Pakistan won by 8 wickets

Paceman Wasim Akram and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq each claimed seven wickets in the match despite strong resistance from Kent.

David Fulton, Trevor Ward and Mark Ealham hit half-centuries in the first innings.

Ealham was the pick of the attack in reply with 4/48 as Kent led by 68 runs before Ijaz Ahmed (136*) and Shadab Kabir (84) saw the tourists home.

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1992 – Pakistan won by 40 runs

Skipper Saleem Malik struck 95 and Asif Mujtaba’s unbeaten 69 were the difference as Pakistan won their second one-day match against Kent.

Matthew Fleming top-scored with 74 in reply.

1987 – Kent won by an innings and 57 runs

The hosts dismissed the tourists for 175 in an early-season encounter before Kent’s batsman built a big lead.

Half-centuries by Simon Hinks, Chris Tavaré, Chris Cowdrey and Chris Penn helped Kent to 403-8d.

Alan Igglesden (5/60), Eldine Baptiste (3/52) and 41-year-old Derek Underwood (2/28) helped to seal an innings win.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace made his first class debut, taking two catches with the gloves in each innings.

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1978 – Match drawn

The batsmen dominated with half-centuries for Kent trio Charlie Rowe, Chris Tavaré and Alan Ealham in reply to Pakistan’s 420-8d.

Opener Sadiq Mohammed hit 150 in five hours supported by 50s from Talat Ali, Javed Miandad and Wasim Raja.

1974 – Pakistan won by 9 wickets

41-year-old Colin Cowdrey hit a century, 20 years since he first played Pakistan at Canterbury.

Graham Johnson and David Nicholls hit 50s but five-wicket hauls by leg-spinner Mushtaq Mohammad and paceman Sarfraz Nawaz set up a fine win.

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1967 – Match drawn

Derek Underwood claimed 7/78 including the scalp of top-scorer Majid Khan (103) and skipper Hanif Mohammad for 0.

In reply, Colin Cowdrey hit an unbeaten hundred before declaring after half-centuries by Stuart Leary and John Shepherd.

Underwood completed a ten-wicket match in the second innings with 3/54 including the wicket of future Kent captain Asif Iqbal.

The sides met again in September when Kent defeated the tourists by 40 runs in a 50-over match.

Cowdrey and Leary hit half-centuries in a total of 215 before Alan Dixon took 5/32 as Pakistan were dismissed for 142.

1962 – Match drawn

Saeed Ahmed hit 128 and Wallis Mathias hit 74 as Pakistan scored 380/7d.

Bob Wilson hit 83 and Alan Dixon score 64 in reply before Ijaz Butt scored the second century of the match as the three-day match ended in a draw.

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1954 – Pakistan won by 9 wickets

The tourists triumphed in a low-scoring match with 172 and 193 in the first innings.

Kent were captained by a 21-year-old Colin Cowdrey as visiting off-spinner Zulfiqar Ahmed took 12 wickets in the match with hauls of 7/69 and 5/45 as Kent were dismissed for 137 before Pakistan sealed a nine-wicket win.

Pakistan play Kent at The Spitfire Ground in a four-day tour match starting at 11am on Saturday 28 April 2018. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 2 January.

Entry to the Pakistan tour match and England Women’s ODI against South Africa in June are included in all 2018 Memberships and are an option for Six Pack holders.

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