Second Test match between Pakistan and Australia ended up in draw once again despite Pakistan getting bundled out for just 148 runs in their first innings. Australia initially winning the toss, opted to bat first and posted a big score of 556/9 on board. Aussies despite having 408 runs lead didn’t enforce follow-on for Pakistan, and ended up setting a target of 506 runs for Pakistan in the fourth innings. Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan played brilliant innings for Pakistan and ensured to save the Test match for them.
Abdullah Shafique-Babar Azam’s partnership gave a hope for Pakistan before the start of final day of 2nd Test match, while Rizwan-Babar Azam pair at one stage made Pakistan believe that they can go for the chase but unfortunately couldn’t go for historic 500+ run target. However, their gritty knock helped them save a game in this Test series. Initially, Khawaja’s 160 along with useful contributions from Steven Smith and Alex Carey helped Australia to post a huge score in 1st innings.
Numbers and Stats from Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test match:
1: Babar Azam recorded highest score (196) as a captain in 4th innings of Test match.
Highest score as a captain in 4th innings of a Test match:
Babar Azam – 196 vs Aus in Karachi, 2022
Mike Atherton – 185* vs SA in Johannesburg, 1995
Bevan Congdon – 176 vs Eng in Nottingham, 1973
Highest score by a Pakistan batter in 4th innings of a Test match:
Babar Azam – 196 vs Aus in Karachi, 2022
Younis Khan – 171* vs SL in Pallekele, 2015
Saleem Malik – 155 vs SL in Colombo, 1997
1: Babar Azam-Abdullah Shafique pair has faced most balls in 4th innings of a Test match.
Most balls faced by a batting pair in 4th innings of Test match:
Abdullah Shafique-Babar Azam: 520 vs Aus in Karachi, 2022
Deepdas Gupta-Rahul Dravid: 500 vs SA in Port Elizabeth, 2001
Javed Omar-Nafees Iqbal: 498 vs Zim in Dhaka, 2005
2: Pakistan recorded their second highest 4th innings total of 443/7. Their highest remains to be 450 vs Australia in Brisbane, 2016.
2: Mohammad Rizwan became second Pakistan wicket-keeper to smash century in 4th innings of a Test match. Also, Rizwan has two centuries to his name in Test cricket.
Wicket-keepers to smash century in 4th innings of a Test match:
Alan Knott vs Aus in Adelaide, 1975
Moin Khan vs SL in Sialkot, 1995
Adam Gilchrist vs Pak in Hobart, 1999
Mushfiqur Rahim vs Ban in Chattogram, 2010
Matt Prior vs NZ in Auckland, 2013
AB de Villiers vs Ind in Johannesburg, 2013
Rishabh Pant vs Eng in The Oval, 2018
Mohammad Rizwan vs Aus in Karachi, 2022
Pakistan wicket-keepers to smash two (or) more centuries in Test cricket:
2: Pakistan became second team after England to face more than 1000 balls to save a Test match (draw) in 4th innings of the game.
Instances of team facing more than 1000 balls in 4th innings of a Test match to draw the game:
England vs South Africa in Durban, 1939
Pakistan vs Australia in Karachi, 2022
3: Babar Azam became third captain after Tillakaratne Dilshan and Faf du Plessis to smash century in all 3 formats.
Highest score by a Pakistan captain vs Australia in Test cricket:
Saleem Malik – 237 in Rawalpindi, 1994
Javed Miandad – 211 in Karachi, 1988
Babar Azam – 196 in Karachi, 2022
3: Abdullah Shafique became third batter to face more than 300 balls and score less than hundred in 4th innings of a Test match.
Batsman to face more than 300 balls and smash less than a century in 4th innings of Test:
Karl Nunes vs Eng in Kingston, 1930
Mike Brearly vs Pak in Hyderabad (Pak), 1978
Abdullah Shafique vs Aus in Karachi, 2022
4: Babar Azam became 4th batter to face more than 400 balls in 4th innings of a Test match.
Batsman to face more than 400 balls in 4th innings of a Test match:
Herbert Sutcliffe vs Aus, MCG in 1928
Sunil Gavaskar vs Eng, The Oval in 1979
Mike Atherton vs SA, Johannesburg in 1995
Babar Azam vs Aus, Karachi in 2022
7: Pakistan have played 7 Test matches consecutively against Australia on their home soil without a win. Last time Pakistan defeated Australia in a Test match on their home soil was way back in 1994 in Karachi.
160: Usman Khawaja recorded his highest score (160) in Test cricket outside home.