27th March 1982, a piece of history was created and a 26 year old record was broken when a certain Niazi from Lahore got his 14th scalp on the fifth day of the 3rd Test match at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Javed Miandad, Pakistan captain won the toss and opted to field first against The Lions from Sri Lanka. It was as if Pakistan had decided to win and wrap up the series 2-0 right after getting the toss call in their favour.
Swashbuckling all-rounder Imran Khan was in the mood and it showed from the moment he w]ent on to the field. The premium bowler was onto the visiting players like a flash as it only took him 29 overs and 3 deliveries to get eight of the ten wickets of the Sri Lankan team in the first innings as the visitors folded for 240.
The other two wickets were taken by Tauseef Ahmed and Iqbal Qasim. Roy Dias was the only Islander who showed resistance, scoring 109 runs as no one escaped Khan's majestic spell of bowling.
Pakistan's inning was as good as it gets, they pummeled Sri Lanka and scored 500 before declaring for the loss of seven wickets.
Mohsin Khan (129) and Zaheer Abbas (134) getting centuries along with Majid Khan, who scored a half-century. There were some valuable contributions from Mudassar Nazar, the man himself - Imran Khan - and the wicket-keeper batsman Ashraf Ali as the hosts took a commanding lead of 260 at the end of first innings.
The second innings of Sri Lanka was a carbon copy of the first instead the first was slightly better. The touring team crumbled for 158 with Wettimuny top scoring with 41 as they couldn't live with Imran Khan's swing.
The fast bowler claimed a 6-fer en-route to taking the best bowling figures by a Pakistani bowler in the match with figures of 14-116 and fast forward to 2020, the record still stands at the top.
He broke the record of Fazal Mahmood, who took 13-114 in 1956 against Australia when he fittingly claimed the last wicket of Roger Wijesuriya as Pakistan won by an innings & 102 runs.
The mercurial pacer also reached a landmark of 150 test wickets in the same match, becoming the first Pakistani to achieve the feat and deservedly getting the man of the match award.