Younis Khan cracked two centuries to lead Pakistan to a huge win in the first Test © Getty Images
Younis Khan cracked two centuries to lead Pakistan to a huge win in the first Test © Getty Images

It was a memorable win for Pakistan over world No. 2 Australia in the first Test at Dubai. Abhijit Banare presents some statical achievements by Pakistan which display their clinical performance against the Aussies.

15 – This is the joint third highest number of wickets picked by Pakistan spinners against Australia in a Test match. Iqbal Qasim and Abdul Qadir shared 15 in 1992 at Faisalabad. The highest is 18 in 1980 where Qasim and Tauseef Ahmed shared eight in the first innings and all 10 in the second. The next best is 17 in 1988 with Qasim, Qadir and Ahmed sharing the honours. The spinners in the 2014 Test were Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah.

Misbah-ul-Haq is the oldest captain (40 years and 151 days) to win a Test against Australia since WG Grace in 1896.

26Younis Khan is the leading centurion for Pakistan. There were some interesting statistical achievements for Younis.

  • The century in first innings by Younis was his first against Australia. By virtue of this ton, he now has a century against each of the Test playing nations. He is the first Pakistan batsman and 12th overall to do so.
  •  He equalled Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 25 Test tons in the first innings and went on to add one more to his kitty to become the leading centurion for Pakistan.
  • He became the first batsman since Glenn Turner in 1974 to score a century in each innings against Australia.
  • Younis became the first Pakistan batsman to score a century in each innings outside Pakistan.

4 – This is the most number of centuries scored by Pakistan in a Test against Australia. The previous best was three achieved by Mohsin Khan, Qasim Umar and Javed Miandad in 1983 and Saleem Malik, Moin Khan and Aamer Sohail in 1994.

Fastest ton: Sarfraz Ahmed’s 80-ball ton is the fourth fastest ton by a Pakistan batsman. He is also the second fastest ‘keeper after Adam Gilchrist to do so. Among Pakistanis, only Shahid Afridi (twice 78-ball ton) and Majid Khan (74) have done better than Sarfraz.

7 – Yasir Shah has the most number of wickets by a Pakistan leg-spinner on debut, as he went past Shahid Afridi with five scalps. However, he has the third highest wickets by a Pakistan spinner on debut with Abdur Rehman picking eight and Mohammad Nazir seven.

4 – Most sixes by a Pakistan opener in a Test innings. Ahmed Shehzad achieved this in the second innings. Previous record was three held jointly by Saeed Anwar, Afridi (achieved twice) and Imran Nazir.

13 – Number of times Pakistan have won a Test against Australia. The last time they won was in 2010 at Leeds and before that was way back in 1995.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)