Pakistan had been a Test nation for only four years but Fazal Mahmood and Khan Mohammad were almost unplayable on the Karachi track, dismissing the visitors for 80, after they chose to bat.

The wicket did take vicious turn on the second day and Australian captain Ian Johnson took four rare wickets to bowl out the hosts for 199. But he couldn't match Mahmood, who continued to be absolutely unplayable.

He bowled out Australia for under 200 and finished with 13 wickets in the match. The 69 runs required for the fledgling cricket nation to win were scored very slowly and painstakingly - and who could blame them?  

A win over the renowned Australian team would confirm in their own minds that they were worthy members od the international cricket community. Pakistan should have wrapped things up on the fourth day but ended up needing six runs to win on the last. The win was, of course, the trigger for wild national celebrations.