A 65-year journey: Pakistan vs Australia in worldwide cricket | Sports activities


Pakistan first met Australia on a cricket subject in a solitary Take a look at match performed on the Nationwide Stadium Karachi in October 1956, a match that Pakistan unexpectedly received. Through the years a complete of 25 Take a look at sequence have been performed between the 2 international locations with Pakistan profitable 7, Australia prevailing in 13, and 5 being drawn. A complete of 66 Assessments, 194 ODIs and 24 T20 Internationals have been contested between the 2 sides.


Performed 104

Gained by Pakistan 32

Gained by Australia 68

Tied 1

No End result 3

T20 Internationals

Performed 24

Gained by Pakistan 13 (together with one on tie-breaker)

Gained by Australia 10

No End result 1

A 65-year journey: Pakistan vs Australia in international cricket

The 65 12 months saga of Take a look at matches between Pakistan and Australia makes attention-grabbing studying. The primary match at Karachi is basically remembered for an excellent bowling efficiency by Fazal Mahmood. He was virtually unplayable on the matting wicket offered for the match and took 13 wickets for 114 runs as Pakistan received by 9 wickets, after having dismissed Australia for less than 80 of their first innings. Sixty 5 years later there are nonetheless two survivors from this inaugural Take a look at. Neil Harvey of Australia, a gifted left handed batsman and a superb fielder, is now 93 years and 149 days outdated, whereas Wazir Mohammad, one of many well-known Mohammad brothers, whose knock of 67 was instrumental in establishing Pakistan’s victory, is 92 years and 74 days outdated right now.

Australia gained revenge for his or her defeat on their subsequent go to to Pakistan in 1959, once they received the three Take a look at sequence 2-0, with very good batting performances by Neil Harvey and Norman O’Neil. The ultimate Take a look at at Karachi was watched by the US President Dwight Eisenhower and through it the Australian captain Richie Benaud persuaded Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan to desert matting wickets and exchange them with turf surfaces for all future Assessments in Pakistan.

Solitary Assessments in Karachi and Melbourne had been the one encounters between the 2 international locations within the 1960s and the subsequent main sequence was Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 1972-3. Although Pakistan misplaced the sequence 3-0, they had been in a commanding place in every of the final two Assessments and will have received each. Within the 2nd Take a look at at Melbourne they squandered a primary innings lead of 133 and fell 92 runs brief when chasing a goal of 293 on a placid batsman’s wicket, the place 1440 runs had been scored within the first three innings. Within the third Take a look at at Sydney they fared even worse, being dismissed for simply 106 in pursuit of a modest profitable goal of 159.

The subsequent sequence was one other tour down underneath by Pakistan in 1976-77. It was on this sequence that Pakistan received their first Take a look at on Australian soil, prevailing within the third Take a look at at Sydney by Eight wickets. This was largely attributable to an excellent quick bowling efficiency by Imran Khan who took 12 for 165 within the match and introduced his arrival on the scene as one of many premium tempo bowlers of his time. The sequence was drawn 1-1. Pakistan’s subsequent tour in 1978-79 had an analogous final result and cricket followers keep in mind it for some of the uncommon bowling performances ever seen on a cricket subject. Within the first Take a look at at Melbourne, Australia chasing a goal of 382 to win had been comfortably positioned at 305 for Three and seemed to be coasting to victory earlier than a unprecedented show of swing and seam bowling from Sarfaraz Nawaz. He took seven wickets for only one run within the house of thirty deliveries and decreased Australia to 310 all out, leaving Pakistan winners by 71 runs.

The 1980s noticed frequent change visits between Pakistan and Australia. A complete of 5 sequence had been performed with Pakistan profitable the three staged in Pakistan and Australia profitable the opposite two sequence on their house soil. Out of 17 Assessments matches Pakistan had been triumphant in 6, Australia received four and the remaining 7 had been drawn. The 1980 sequence in Pakistan, which the house aspect received, was additionally notable for Alan Border’s distinctive achievement of 150 run knocks in every innings of the third Take a look at, and excellent bowling by the Pakistani spinners, particularly Iqbal Qasim. Australia’s 2-1 house triumph within the 1981-82 sequence included an innings by Pakistan of 500/Eight declared within the third Take a look at at Melbourne which Pakistan received. This was, on the time, solely the second event in Take a look at cricket historical past when a aspect had scored 500 runs or extra in an innings with no single centurion.

Led by their flamboyant leg spinner Abdul Qadir, Pakistan whitewashed Australia 3-Zero in 1982-83, just for Australia to reply with an emphatic 2-Zero win in 1983-84, that included an superior batting show, with innings scores of over 500 in two of the Assessments and over 400 in every of the remaining three. The last decade ended with a slender 1-Zero win for Pakistan in 1989 in a sequence wherein their captain Javed Miandad scored over 400 runs.

A 65-year journey: Pakistan vs Australia in international cricket

The 1990s additionally noticed 5 sequence performed between the 2 sides. Pakistan received only one whereas Australia prevailed within the different 4. Of the 15 Assessments contested on this decade, Pakistan received 2, Australia succeeded in 7 and 6 had been drawn. Australia started with a slender 1-Zero victory in a house rubber in 1990. This was adopted by their a lot publicized tour of Pakistan in 1994. In a surreal opening Take a look at at Karachi some Australian gamers accused the Pakistani captain Saleem Malik of asking them to throw the match, an allegation which Saleem hotly denied. Trailing by 81 runs within the first innings Pakistan wanted 314 for victory of their second innings. At 258 for 9 the match appeared achieved and dusted, however then Inzamam ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed put collectively a unprecedented final wicket stand of 57 to see Pakistan house. The coup d’etat was delivered when the Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy missed a simple stumping likelihood in opposition to Inzamam within the last over, permitting the ball to go between his legs for 4 profitable byes. Pakistan received the sequence 1-Zero with Saleem Malik scoring a file 557 runs within the sequence.

Within the 1995-96 away sequence Pakistan succumbed to the Australian pace-spin duo of Glen McGrath and Shane Warne. Additionally they misplaced within the house sequence of 1998, whose hallmark was a outstanding knock of 334 not out by the Australian skipper Mark Taylor within the second Take a look at at Peshawar. This equaled Don Bradman’s mark, for what was on the time the best rating by any Australian batsman. Because the story goes, Taylor declared the innings at this level, selecting to not overtake the good Don. Australia’s victory within the 1st Take a look at of this sequence in Rawalpindi was their first win on Pakistani soil in virtually 39 years.

The ultimate sequence of the last decade in 1999, resulted in Australia whitewashing Pakistan 3-Zero at house. Nevertheless, Pakistan ought to have received the second Take a look at at Hobart, which they inexplicably let slip from their grasp. Needing 369 to win, Australia had been precariously perched at 126 for five, earlier than a superb, attacking 238 runs partnership, in simply over 4 hours, between Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist, took them to victory. The partnership was not with out controversy although, as Pakistan had been assured that that they had Langer out caught behind when he was 76 and the rating 237. Langer has subsequently confessed in his autobiography that had in actual fact edged the ball.

A 65-year journey: Pakistan vs Australia in international cricket

This millennium, Pakistan and Australia have met in eight Take a look at sequence. 4 of them have been in Australia, and every one has resulted in an entire whitewash victory for the hosts, with Pakistan shedding all eleven Assessments that they’ve performed down underneath. The remaining 4 sequence have all been staged at impartial venues. The primary impartial venue sequence, in 2002, concerned two Assessments within the UAE and one in Sri Lanka and was comprehensively received 3-Zero by Australia, with Shane Warne being the destroyer in chief, taking 27 wickets at 12.66 runs apiece. The subsequent impartial venue sequence was hosted in England and the honours had been shared 1-1 between the 2 sides.

The final two impartial venue sequence had been each held within the UAE and Pakistan received the pair. In 2014 they triumphed 2-Zero in a two match sequence with a glut of centuries to bolster their show. Within the 1st Take a look at at Abu Dhabi each Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq hit a century in every innings. Throughout his second innings Misbah additionally scored the quickest fifty in Take a look at cricket and equaled Viv Richards file of the quickest Take a look at century. Within the 2nd Take a look at at Dubai, Younis Khan, too, recorded a century in every innings, making Pakistan the one nation within the annals of Take a look at cricket to attain three twin Take a look at centuries in a single sequence, and that too in one which was restricted to only two Assessments. The 2018 sequence within the UAE was additionally received by Pakistan who prevailed 1-Zero within the two-Take a look at encounter.

With the appearance of the shorter variations of the sport, worldwide cricket now has three established codecs, particularly Assessments, ODIs and T20 Internationals. Statistical highlights of the Pakistan-Australia rivalry, throughout all three codecs, could also be of curiosity to cricket lovers on the eve of the most recent spherical of one other cricketing battle between these two groups.

Highest Take a look at Innings Totals

Three totals of over 600 and twenty innings scores of over 500 have been recorded in Assessments between the 2 international locations. The breakdown of the best innings rating is as follows:

a) Highest Take a look at Innings Rating in Pakistan

Pakistan 580/9 declared, at Peshawar, 1998

Australia 617 at Faisalabad, 1980

b) Highest Take a look at Innings Rating in Australia

Pakistan 624, at Adelaide, 1983

Australia 624/Eight declared, at Melbourne, 2016

c) Highest Take a look at Innings Rating at Impartial Venue

Pakistan 570/6 declared, at Abu Dhabi, 2014

Australia 444 at Sharjah, 2002

Apparently, aside from their house international locations, Pakistan and Australia have performed Take a look at matches in three impartial international locations as effectively, particularly the UAE, Sri Lanka and England, a really uncommon prevalence.

Highest ODI Rating

A complete of 13 scores of greater than 300 have been registered in Pakistan-Australia ODI contests. The perfect for every crew is :

Pakistan 315/Eight at Lahore, 1998

Australia 369/7 at Adelaide, 2017

Highest T20 Worldwide Rating

Neither aspect has but crossed the 200 run mark in T20 Internationals although on six events a rating within the 190’s has been recorded. The perfect efficiency for either side is :

Pakistan 194/7 at Harare, 2018 (Triangular Event)

Australia 197/7 at St.Lucia, 2010 (T20 World Cup)

Lowest Take a look at Innings Rating

Seven scores of underneath 100 have been recorded in Assessments between the 2 international locations, The bottom innings scores registered at totally different venues are as underneath:

a) Lowest Take a look at Innings Rating in Pakistan

Pakistan 134 at Dhaka, 1959 (Dhaka was in Pakistan then)

Australia 80 at Karachi, 1956

b) Lowest Take a look at Innings Rating in Australia

Pakistan 62 at Perth, 1981

Australia 125 at Melbourne, 1981

c) Lowest Take a look at Innings Rating at Impartial Venue

Pakistan 53 at Sharjah, 2002

Australia 88 at Leeds, 2010

Lowest ODI Rating

There are ten situations of 1 or the opposite aspect being dismissed for underneath 150 in an ODI. The bottom for every nation is :

Pakistan 108 at Nairobi, 2002

Australia 120 at Hobart, 1997

Lowest T20 Worldwide Rating

Pakistan 74 at Dubai, 2012

Australia 89 at Dubai, 2012

Largest Victories in Assessments

a) By an innings

Pakistan by an innings and 188 runs at Karachi, 1988

Australia by an innings and 198 runs at Sharjah, 2002

b) By runs

Pakistan by 373 runs at Abu Dhabi 2018

Australia by 491 runs at Perth 2004

c) By wickets

Pakistan by 9 wickets at Karachi, 1956, Karachi 1982, and Lahore 1982

Australia by 10 wickets at Brisbane 1981, Sydney 1984, and Brisbane 1999

Largest Victories in ODI’s

a) By runs

Pakistan by 91 runs at Brisbane 2002

Australia by 224 runs at Nairobi 2002

b) By wickets

Pakistan by 9 wickets at Rawalpindi, 1994

Australia by 9 wickets at Adelaide 1988, Lords 2001, Nairobi 2002, and Sydney 2005

Largest Victories in T20 Internationals

a) By runs

Pakistan by 66 runs at Abu Dhabi, 2018

Australia by 94 runs at Dubai, 2012

b) By wickets

Pakistan by 7 wickets at Dubai, 2009 and Dubai 2012

Australia by 10 wickets at Perth 2019

Narrowest Victories in Assessments

a) By runs

Pakistan by 71 runs at Melbourne, 1979

Australia by 36 runs at Sydney, 2010

b) By wickets

Pakistan by 1 wicket at Karachi, 1994

Australia by four wickets at Hobart, 1999

Narrowest Victories in ODI’s

a) By Runs

Pakistan by 2 runs at Sydney, 1990

Australia by 1 run at Abu Dhabi, 2014

b) By wickets

Pakistan by 1 wicket at Perth, 1987

Australia by 2 wickets at Johannesburg 2009 and Perth 2010

Narrowest Victories in T20 Internationals

a) By runs

Pakistan by 11 runs at Birmingham, 2010

Australia by 2 runs at Melbourne, 2010

b) By wickets

Pakistan by 6 wickets at Johannesburg, 2007

Australia by Three wickets at St.Lucia, 2010

Batsmen with over 1400 runs in Pakistan-Australia Assessments

Javed Miandad 1797 runs, common 44.09, 6 centuries

Alan Border 1666 runs, common 59.50, 6 centuries

Greg Chappell 1581 runs, common 63.24, 6 centuries

Ricky Ponting 1537 runs, common 66.82, 5 centuries

Zaheer Abbas 1411 runs, common 44.09, 2 centuries

Batsmen with over 1000 runs in Pakistan-Australia ODI’s

Ricky Ponting 1107 runs

Javed Miandad 1019 runs

Mohammad Yousuf 1016 runs

Steve Waugh 1003 runs

Batsmen with over 500 runs in a Pakistan-Australia Take a look at sequence

Salem Malik 557 runs, common 92.83, 1994-95*

Graham Yallop 554 runs, common 92.33, 1983-84**

Mark Taylor 513 runs, common 128.25, 1998-99*

* Three Take a look at sequence

** 5 Take a look at sequence

A 65-year journey: Pakistan vs Australia in international cricket

Batsmen with the best Take a look at scores

a) Pakistan

Saleem Malik 237 at Rawalpindi 1994

Younis Khan 213 at Abu Dhabi 2014

b) Australia

David Warner 335 not out at Adelaide 2019

Mark Taylor 334 not out at Peshawar 1998

Batsmen with the best ODI scores

a) Pakistan

Haris Sohail 130 at Dubai 2019

b) Australia

David Warner 179 at Adelaide 2017

Batsmen with the best scores in T20 Internationals

a) Pakistan

Umar Akmal 94 at Mirpur 2014

b) Australia

Shane Watson 81 at St. Lucia 2010

Bowlers with over 60 wickets in Pakistan-Australia Assessments

Shane Warne 90 wickets, common 20.17

Glen McGrath 80 wickets, common 21.70

Denis Lillee 71 wickets, common 30.43

Imran Khan 64 wickets, common 24.96

Bowlers with over 40 wickets in Pakistan-Australia ODI’s

Wasim Akram 67 wickets, common 27.43

Glenn McGrath 57 wickets, common 19.10

Shahid Afridi 49 wickets, common 32.44

Finest bowling figures in a Take a look at innings

Sarfaraz Nawaz 9/86 at Melbourne, 1979

Glen McGrath 8/24 at Perth, 2014

Ashley Mallet 8/59 at Adelaide, 1972

Finest bowling figures in a Take a look at match

Fazal Mahmood 13/114 at Karachi, 1956

Imran Khan 12/165 at Sydney, 1977

Shane Warne 11/77 at Brisbane 1995

Finest bowling figures in an ODI

Shahid Afridi 6/38 at Dubai, 2009

Waqar Younis 6/59 at Nottingham, 2001

Carl Rackemann 5/16 at Adelaide, 1984

Ryan Harris 5/19 at Perth, 2010

Most wickets in a sequence

Shane Warne 27 wickets, common 12.66, 2002-03*

Geoff Lawson 24 wickets, common 24.16, 1983-84**

Abdul Qadir 22 wickets, common 25.54, 1982-83*

* Three Take a look at sequence

** 5 Take a look at sequence

Wicketkeepers with most Take a look at dismissals

Rodney Marsh 68

Wasim Bari 66

Wicketkeepers with most ODI dismissals

Adam Gilchrist 44

Ian Healy 39

Brian Hardin 37

Moin Khan 25

Cricket is probably not Pakistan’s nationwide sport however it’s definitely our nationwide obsession. Nothing unites our nation like cheering for eleven males with inexperienced caps, concerned in a eager contest on a cricket subject in opposition to a worthy opponent. After a protracted hiatus of just about 24 years we’re internet hosting Australia, one of many conventional powerhouses of worldwide cricket. We have now a lot to show and acquire from this contest and in houses throughout the nation tens of millions can be hoping that Pakistan provides additional honours and glory to the backdrop that we’ve got introduced for this sequence.

– Dr Salman Faridi is a senior surgeon, poet, sports activities aficionado and an avid reader with a non-public assortment of over 7000 books.

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