The last day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan was full of drama as the hosts registered a miraculous victory by dismissing the visitors in only 53.2 overs. Trailing Australia’s first innings total by 181, Misbah-ul-Haq’s men needed to see off just over two sessions to ensure a draw but kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 163.
Brief scores: Australia 624/8 dec (Smith 165*, Warner 144, Khawaja 97) beat Pakistan 9 for 443/9 dec (Azhar 205, Sohail 65, Hazlewood 3-50) and 163 (Azhar 43, Starc 4-36, Lyon 3-33) by an innings and 18 runs.
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 5 of the Test:
1. Australia’s first innings total of 624 for 8 declared is the highest Test total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The previous best was also scored by the hosts when they hit 604 against England way back in 1937.
2. This score is also Australia’s highest Test total against Pakistan, eclipsing the 617 they had scored in Faisalabad in 1979-80.
3. Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc added 154 runs for the seventh wicket which is the third highest stand for this wicket at the venue. The record is held by Greg Matthews and Graham Yallop, when they added 185 runs against the same opposition in 1983.
4. Australia had two partnership of over 150 runs in the match and both came at a run-rate over five – David Warner and Usman Khawaja had shared a 198-run stand at 5.55 per over followed by the 154 runs between Smith and Starc scored at a rate of 5.37.
5. The seven sixes hit by Mitchell Starc in his 84-run knock is the most by a player at the MCG. The previous record was held by Andrew Symonds, who had hit six sixes against South Africa in the 2005 Boxing Day Test.
6. 207 runs conceded by Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah is the second most by any bowler in an innings in Australia. He conceded them at an economy rate of 5.04, which is the worst by any bowler to have bowled 25 or more overs at the venue.