Here are Statistical Highlights from Day Two of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai.
5 – Number of half centuries scored by sarfaraz ahmed on a row,the only other wicketkeeper batsman who has achieved this success is Zimbave’s former player and also England’s former coach Andy Flower. He had scored 7 test fifties on a trott.
80– Number of ball that Sarfaraz Ahmed took to reach to his century, was the 4th fastest centure by a Pakistani batsman, and it was also the second fastest 100 by a wicket keeper batsman. The first wicketkeeper batsman being Adam gilchrist who smashed 100 from 57 balls against England at the WACCA in the 2006 Ashes series. For Pakistan Majid Khan has the fastest hundred soring them of just 74 balls, while Sahid Boom boom Afridi has scored two against West indies and India in 78 balls each. The world record belongs to Sir Viv Richards (56 balls) against England at St John’s in 1986.
6– Number of half centuries that David Warner has scored on a trott, his last 6 innings score including the current one are 75*,145,135,66,70,115. Only two Australian openenrs have done this before, Mark Taylor and Phil Jacques. Since he is not out he can also get 3 consecutive 100’s.
18– Number of maidens Mitchell Johnson bowled (31-18-39-3), which is the maximum he has bowled in an innings and the maximum by any Australia fast bowler in last nine years, out of which he had bowled 13 maidens on the first day. Nine years ago Glen Mcgrath had bowled 34 overs against new Zealand which included 20 maidens.
133– Of the 438 runs Australia’s bowlers conceded in the innings (excluding extras), fast bowlers gave away only 133 runs, which amounts to 30.37 per cent of the total. The spinners, on the other hand, went for 305, which equates to 69.63 percentage. This might be some kind of an acheivement for the fast bowlers but the Aussies were playing two regular spinners and also used Steve smith‘s leg spin, which is a rare thing for the Australia in Test cricket.
348– Number of runs (235 by Pakistan and 113 by Australia) scored on day 2, whoch is the second most number of runs amassed ever during a day’s play in the United Arab Emirates. So far 18 Test macthes have been played at UAE. The highest runs scored in a dayin UAE came in the last Test played at Sarjah between Sri lanka and Pakistan earlier this year. In that match Pakistan chased 302 on the final day to chase at more than 5 runs an over.
2– These are number of times all five batsmen rgiht from No.3 through to No.7 have scored 50+ in a Test innings against Australia in Test cricket. Coincidently, the team that achieved this feat previously was also Pakistan way back at the MCG in 1981. The five bastman then were Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Raja and Imran Khan who cored 50 or more against the Aussies.
4– Number of 50 plus stands being put on by the Australian openers in a row with the the last four opening partnership being 113* at Dubai, 123, 65 and 126 respectively at Cape Town and at Port Elizabeth earlier this year. In 2014 there have been only 8 opening 100 runs partnership, David Warner and Chris Rogers share 3 out of those.
16– Years since two Pakistan batsmen scored hundreds in the same innings against Australia. 16 years ago in the Peshawar test both Saeed Anwar and Ijaj Ahmed had scored centuries in the same innings.
1– Yasir Shah delivered a no-ball in the very first over Test cricket he bowled on debut. In what turned out to be a big surprise this was first instance when a Pakistan spinner delivered no-ball in last two years. During this period Pakistan’s spinner have bowled more than 1000 overs in Tests out of which many were bowled by Saeed Ajmal.