Misbah-ul-Haq is in great form and is poised to extend Pakistan's dominance in the UAE when they face New Zealand © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq is in great form and is poised to extend Pakistan’s dominance in the UAE when they face New Zealand © Getty Images

Pakistan will host New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and two T20 Internationals (T20Is). The Kiwis are coming off an ODI series loss to South Africa, while the Pakistanis are still revelling in their 2-0 whitewash over Australia. Shiamak Unwalla looks at a few statistics from past Pakistan-New Zealand encounters.

Pakistan and New Zealand have played 50 Test matches against each other. Pakistan have been overwhelmingly dominant against the Kiwis, winning 23 and losing only seven Tests, while drawing 20.

Overall figures:

Team Span M W L T D
New Zealand 1955-2011 50 7 23 0 20
Pakistan 1955-2011 50 23 7 0 20

 

Given that Pakistan are coming off a 2-0 whitewash against a hapless Australia, the trend of Pakistan crushing New Zealand could continue. Here are a few more interesting stats in Tests between New Zealand and Pakistan.

Leading run-scorers in Tests for Pakistan against New Zealand:

Batsman Span M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Javed Miandad 1976-1993 18 1919 271 79.95 7 6
Asif Iqbal 1965-1979 17 1113 175 42.8 3 4
Inzamam-ul-Haq 1993-2003 12 1059 329 66.18 3 4
Saleem Malik 1984-1996 18 946 140 39.41 2 5
Majid Khan 1965-1979 11 936 119* 58.5 3 5

 

Javed Miandad, as is usually the case, leads the batting charts for Pakistan; his average of 79.95 after 18 Tests is staggering.

• However, ironically his average is not the highest by a Pakistan batsman. That honour belongs to Imran Nazir, who hit 127 in the only innings against the Kiwis in which he batted. Shoaib Mohammad holds a more respectable record; he averages 106.75 after as many as seven Tests.

• Inzamam-ul-Haq holds the record of highest score by a Pakistani against New Zealand.

Leading run-scorers in Tests for New Zealand against Pakistan:

Batsman Span M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Martin Crowe 1984-1990 11 973 174 57.23 2 6
Mark Burgess 1969-1979 12 753 119* 37.65 2 3
Stephen Fleming 1995-2003 9 665 192 47.5 1 5
John Reid 1955-1965 9 658 128 38.7 1 5
Daniel Vettori 2002-2011 8 614 137* 43.85 3 1

• Again, the usual suspect Martin Crowe leads the way for the Kiwis.

• However, the inclusion of Daniel Vettori in the top five run-scorers is a surprising one. In fact, Vettori has a stupendous record against Pakistan. In eight games, he scored over 600 runs at an average of 43.85 with a whopping three of his six Test centuries coming against them.

• Mathew Sinclair’s unbeaten 204 remains the highest score by a Kiwi batsman against Pakistan in Tests.

Leading Test wicket-takers for Pakistan against New Zealand:

Bowler Period M Wickets Ave SR 5WI 10WI
Waqar Younis 1990-2002 13 70 19.6 42.9 5 2
Wasim Akram 1985-1995 9 60 17.01 42.1 6 2
Intikhab Alam 1965-1976 15 54 24.38 64.5 4 2
Pervez Sajjad 1965-1973 12 45 20.04 62.7 3 0
Mushtaq Ahmed 1993-2001 6 35 20.05 44.1 3 2

 

• The only stat more impressive than Waqar Younis’ average of 19.60 is Wasim Akram’s average of 17.01; the duo terrorised the Kiwis, snaring 130 wickets between them in only 22 games.

• Inthikab Alam’s seven for 52 is the best innings bowling performance by a Pakistani against New Zealand in Tests.

• With match figures of 12 for 130, Waqar holds the record of best bowling performance in a match by a Pakistani against New Zealand in Tests.

Leading Test wicket-takers for New Zealand against Pakistan:

 

Bowler Period M Wickets Ave SR 5WI 10WI
Richard Hadlee 1973-1989 12 51 28.39 57.8 4 0
Chris Martin 2001-2011 9 33 34.12 60.2 0 0
Daryl Tuffey 2001-2009 8 32 26.81 56.5 1 0
Danny Morrison 1989-1995 8 31 32.03 56.5 1 0
Stephen Boock 1979-1989 9 28 36.6 85.8 2 0

• Unsurprisingly, Sir Richard Hadlee tops the bowling charts with 51 wickets in 12 games. However, by Hadlee’s own standards, this wasn’t as good. His overall average is just 22.29, as opposed to the 28.39 against Pakistan, while his strike rate bloats from 50.8 up to 57.8; overall a rather steep drop in his own lofty standards.

• Right-arm pacer Chris Pringle holds the record of best bowling performance for a Kiwi against the Pakistanis: seven for 52 at Faislabad. Ironically this is exactly the same bowling analysis as Alam’s.

• Pringle also holds the record for best match figures, which he also got in the same Test: 11 for 152.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)