Pakistan holds an distinctive report in the case of the best variety of centuries scored by a group in a Take a look at sequence. Whether or not we contemplate an extended sequence of Four matches or extra, a Three Take a look at sequence or perhaps a shortened 2 Take a look at sequence, the honour of compiling the best variety of lots of in it goes to Pakistan.Collection with Four Exams
Pakistan, Australia and South Africa collectively share the report for the best variety of centuries scored by a facet in a sequence containing 4 or extra Exams. Australia set a report of 12 centuries versus the West Indies once they visited the Caribbean in 1955 for a 5 match encounter. This stood unchallenged for 27 years till Pakistan equaled this quantity of their 6 Take a look at residence sequence towards India in 1982-83 and South Africa adopted go well with when internet hosting the West Indies in 2003-04 for a Four Take a look at contest. This determine of 12 nonetheless constitutes the best variety of lots of racked up by a facet throughout a single Take a look at sequence of any length.
Pakistan received their residence sequence towards India in 1982-83 by a convincing margin of 3-0, in a face-off that’s usually remembered for the magnificent show of quick bowling by Imran Khan who took 40 wickets throughout it. What’s much less identified is that on this sequence, Pakistan additionally equaled the world report for the utmost variety of centuries scored by a facet throughout a Take a look at rubber, when their batsmen totaled 12 lots of in it. Two of those lots of have been made within the drawn 1st Take a look at at Lahore. Zaheer Abbas was in prolific type and stamped his class with an excellent knock of 215 from simply 254 deliveries within the first innings, together with 23 fours and a pair of sixes. Mohsin Khan, who had scored 94 within the first innings, was the second Pakistani centurion of the match with an unbeaten 101 in Pakistan’s second outing.
The 2nd Take a look at at Karachi resulted in an innings victory for Pakistan. Their solitary stint on the wicket included two centuries, Zaheer Abbas persevering with his sensible type with a fluent, polished 186 from simply 246 deliveries and Mudassar Nazar scoring a decided and extra sedate 119. This pair additionally shared a partnership of 213 runs for the third wicket, serving to Pakistan to achieve a complete of 452, compiled at a brisk scoring price of 4.12 runs per over.
The third Take a look at at Faisalabad produced yet one more Pakistani victory, this time by 10 wickets. Pakistan amassed a mammoth first innings whole of 652 inclusive of 4 centuries, 126 by Javed Miandad, 168 by Zaheer Abbas, 107 by Saleem Malik and 117 by Imran Khan. Zaheer’s runs got here at nearly a run a ball, as he required simply 176 deliveries for his knock of 168, studded with beautiful strokes of uncommon classic. Imran, too, amassed his runs at a fast tempo requiring simply 121 balls for his 117, which contained 9 fours and 5 sixes. Miandad and Zaheer collectively placed on 287 runs for the 4th wicket, whereas Saleem and Imran added 207 for the sixth wicket partnership. Pakistan’s scoring price of 4.57 runs per over, was an anomaly for the time and continues to be the most effective ever recorded in Take a look at cricket in a full, accomplished innings of over 600 runs. By the top of this Take a look at Zaheer had scored 569 runs in simply three visits to the crease, at a mean of 189.66 runs per innings. His tally was accrued from simply 676 deliveries at a sprightly price of 84.17 runs per 100 balls.
The 4th Take a look at at Hyderabad offered Pakistan with it’s third consecutive win and witnessed one other run glut from their batsmen. Batting first Pakistan put up an enormous whole of 581 runs for Three wickets declared which contained double centuries by each Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad. Their third wicket partnership of 451 runs, equaled the present world report for the best third wicket stand in Take a look at cricket, in addition to the best partnership for any wicket in Take a look at historical past. This Take a look at was additionally the event of Imran’s notorious declaration, with out warning, that left Miandad stranded on 280 not out when it appeared nearly inevitable that he would overtake Garry Sober’s world report of 365 for the best rating ever in a Take a look at innings. The opposite double centurion was Mudassar who scored 234 as Pakistan emerged victorious by an innings. This was the primary occasion when two Pakistani batsmen scored double centuries in the identical innings and the fifth time that this milestone had been reached in Take a look at matches general.
The fifth Take a look at at Lahore was severely curtailed by inclement climate and even two full innings couldn’t be accomplished. Pakistan batted first and totaled 323, the principle function of which was an unbeaten 152 from Mudassar Nazar, who opened the batting for Pakistan and carried his bat by way of the entire innings. In doing so, he emulated his well-known father Nazar Mohammad, who had carried out an identical feat in Pakistan’s inaugural Take a look at sequence towards India in 1952, throughout Pakistan’s first ever Take a look at win, at Lucknow, over thirty years earlier. Mudassar’s efficiency was a singular landmark, the one event within the lengthy historical past of Take a look at cricket the place each father and son have carried their bat by way of a complete accomplished Take a look at innings, and that too, towards the identical opponent.
The ultimate Take a look at of the sequence was once more performed in Karachi and resulted in a draw, with crowd disturbances disrupting play on the fourth afternoon. Of their lone innings Pakistan scored 420 for six declared, centred round one other rating of 152 from Mudassar Nazar. This was his third consecutive Take a look at century, and fourth general within the sequence. His final three innings had netted him 538 runs, with a sequence whole of 761 runs that’s nonetheless the best ever combination by a Pakistani batsman in a Take a look at rubber. Although it was formally a 6 Take a look at encounter Pakistan batted in solely eight innings, together with one which consisted of merely 13 balls. Due to this fact, in primarily simply 7 innings, Pakistan scored 12 centuries, together with Four by Mudassar Nazar, Three by Zaheer Abbas, 2 by Javed Miandad, and one every by Mohsin Khan, Saleem Malik and Imran Khan.
Three-Take a look at Collection
Pakistan holds the report for the best variety of centuries ever made in a 3 Take a look at sequence. They achieved this distinction by scoring 10 centuries within the residence rubber towards India in January 2006.
The opening Take a look at of this sequence, at Lahore, was interrupted by rain on the third and fifth days of the match, in order that even two full innings couldn’t be concluded. Pakistan batted first and put up an enormous rating of 679 runs for 7 declared, at a price of 4.73 runs per over. There have been 4 century makers on this innings, Younis Khan who was tragically run out for a stroke crammed 199 containing 26 fours, Mohammad Yousuf who made a scintillating 176 from simply 199 deliveries together with 22 fours and a pair of sixes, Shahid Afridi with a brutal assault of 108 in 80 balls containing 7 fours and seven sixes and an equally fast hearth 102 from Kamran Akmal off 81 balls embellished with 11 good-looking fours and a pair of sixes. The Younis-Yousuf third wicket partnership yielded 309 runs from 330 deliveries, whereas Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal put collectively 170 runs in simply 129 balls at a strike price of 131.78 runs per 100 balls.
The 2nd Take a look at resulted in one other draw. Pakistan had first strike and scored 588 at 4.32 runs per over. This included two centuries, a suave, cultured 119 in 193 balls from Inzamam ul Haq and a belligerent, savagely aggressive 156 in 128 deliveries from Shahid Afridi, with 20 fours and 6 sixes. Pakistan’s second innings whole of 490 for eight declared was once more compiled briskly at a run price of 4.20 runs per over. It contained two additional centuries, an entertaining 194 from Younis Khan and a silken 126 from Mohammad Yousuf, with the pair including 262 runs for the third wicket from solely 308 balls. Younis Khan’s second dismissal within the sequence within the 190’s was certainly one of solely 4 such situations in Take a look at cricket historical past.The third and closing Take a look at was staged at Karachi and resulted in an amazing victory for Pakistan by 341 runs. A combative, attacking century by Kamran Akmal within the first innings helped Pakistan to get better from 39 for six to 245 all out, and his rating of 113 represented 46.12% of the complete group whole. In an assured second innings efficiency, Pakistan mounted an enormous tally of 599 runs for 7 declared, which included Faisal Iqbal’s maiden century of 139, and a close to miss by Mohammad Yousuf who made 97. Pakistan’s 10 centuries on this sequence thus consisted of two every from Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal, whereas one apiece was scored by Inzamam ul Haq and Faisal Iqbal.
Two-Take a look at Collection
Pakistan additionally holds the world report for the best variety of centuries scored in a two take a look at rubber. Whereas enjoying towards Australia within the UAE in October 2014, Pakistani batsmen managed 9 lots of within the two Take a look at encounter which Pakistan received 2-0.
The primary Take a look at was performed at Dubai, and Pakistan scored 454 of their opening innings with lots of from Younis Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Younis scored a sometimes busy 106 whereas Sarfaraz’s 109 was stuffed with progressive, unorthodox strokes and got here from simply 105 balls with 14 hits to the fence. Of their second knock Pakistan declared at 286 runs for the lack of simply two wickets, together with a flamboyant 131 from Ahmed Shahzad with 10 fours and Four sixes, and an unbeaten 103, with 6 fours and a pair of sixes, from Younis Khan who reached his second century of the match.
The second Take a look at introduced extra lots of and a bunch of additional new data into the e book. Pakistan once more batted first and put up a formidable rating of 570 for six declared on the board. This run feast was led by an impressive and artistic innings of 213 from Younis Khan, his third consecutive century of the sequence. Younis added 236 runs for the third wicket with Azhar Ali, who scored a affected person 109, after which adopted this with a partnership of 181 alongside his group captain Misbah ul Haq, whose share was 101 with 10 fours and a six. After gaining a primary innings lead of 309, the Pakistani batsmen merely ran riot of their second outing scoring 296 for Three declared, with each Azhar and Misbah getting their second centuries of the match. Azhar scored 100 not out and shared an unbeaten partnership of 141 with Misbah whose contribution to the stand was an undefeated 101. Misbah, nicknamed ‘tuk-tuk’ for his usually defensive method to batting, went utterly ballistic on this knock. He reached his fifty in simply 21 balls, to set a brand new world report for the quickest fifty in Take a look at cricket, after which equaled Viv Richards world report for the quickest century in Take a look at historical past when he obtained to 3 figures off simply 56 deliveries. Whereas this was the fifth event in Take a look at cricket that two completely different batsmen had each scored a century in every innings of the identical Take a look at, it marked the primary occasion that this feat had been achieved thrice by a single facet in any given Take a look at sequence, a report that even at the moment, nonetheless belongs to Pakistan alone. By the way, Pakistan’s victory margin of 356 runs was additionally the best of their Take a look at historical past.
Pakistan’s batting has had many adjectives utilized to it. Mercurial, creative, elegant, enigmatic, rumbustious, regal, creative, it may be any and all of those at any given time. Keen crowds flock to see it, by no means certain what to anticipate, a chic show or a facile collapse, enchanted by the paradoxical certainty of its established unpredictability. When it clicks, although, it’s peerless, bringing sheer, undiluted pleasure to all true followers of the sport.
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