The first One-Day International (ODI) between Ireland and Pakistan at Dublin began and ended in quite a dramatic way. After winning the toss, Ireland invited Pakistan to bat and after losing the first wicket at the score of 17 in the form of their captain Azhar Ali, there was no stopping for opener Sharjeel Khan. Pakistan’s left-handed batsman Sharjeel ended up scoring a magnificent 86-ball 152 while Shoaib Malik and debutant Mohammad Nawaz both scored half- centuries. Their effort helped Pakistan post a big total of 337 for 6 in 47 overs. In reply, Irish batsmen were crushed under Umar Gul’s pace and Imad Wasim’s spin web as the duo collected eight wickets together to bury the hosts for a paltry 82. With Pakistan registering a huge victory in this ODI, there were plenty of records rewritten and on this occasion, Abhishek Kumar presents such interesting statistical highlights from the match.
Stats related to Sharjeel’s 152-run knock
- Sharjeel completed his hundred in 61 balls and became the fourth fastest Pakistani to hit a ton in an ODI. His effort was second fastest by a batsman other than Shahid Afridi, as first three fastest centuries by a Pakistani batsman in ODIs are all scored by Afridi (37-ball century vs Sri Lanka in 1996, 45-ball century vs India in 2005 and 53-ball century vs Bangladesh in 2010).
- Sharjeel’s 152 is the third highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman in an ODI after Saeed Anwar’s 194 vs India in 1997 and Imran Nazir’s 160 vs Zimbabwe in 2007.
- Sharjeel completed his 150 in 85 balls and that makes him third fastest batsman to score a 150 in an ODI after AB de Villiers’ 64-ball 150 vs West Indies in 2015 and Shane Watson’s 83-ball 150 vs Bangladesh in 2011.
- Sharjeel hit nine sixes in his knock of 152 and this is the most number of sixes hit by any Pakistani batsman in an ODI. He also hit 16 fours in his knock and this is the second most number of fours hit by any Pakistani batsman in an ODI after Saeed Anwar’s 22 fours vs India in 1997.
- 77.63% of Sharjeel’s 152 runs were scored in fours and sixes and this is the second most runs scored in boundaries by any batsman in an ODI who scored above 150 after Watson’s unbeaten 185-run knock vs Bangladesh in 2011, in which he scored 81.08% of his runs in boundaries.
- His 152 is the highest score by any batsman in an ODI against any team who got bowled out for less than 100. Also, his 152 now holds the record for 14th joint highest individual score by any batsman whose score ended up more than opposing team’s innings total.
- Difference between Sharjeel’s 152 and Ireland’s total in this match was of 70 runs, which is the biggest difference of runs when a batsman scores more than opposing team’s innings total.
Stats related to Ireland bowlers
- Irish bowler Peter Chase conceded 70 runs from his spell of seven overs in this ODI and this is the third most number of runs leaked by any bowler against Pakistan in a spell of seven overs after Kapil Dev (conceded 73-run in 7 overs at Lahore in 1982) and Zaheer Khan (conceded 72 runs in 7 overs at Rawalpindi in 2004). This was also the second most expensive spell of seven overs by an Irish bowler in an ODI after Kevin O’Brien (conceded 95 runs in 7 overs at Canberra vs South Africa in 2006).
- Brian McCarthy scalped four wickets for 62 runs from his spell of 10 overs, which is the best bowling figure by an Irish bowler against Pakistan in ODIs.
Stats related to Ireland and Pakistan’s total
- Ireland were all out for 82 in this match and this is their second lowest total in ODIs. Their lowest total in ODIs is 77, which came against Sri Lanka at St George’s in 2007. This was also their lowest total in ODIs while playing at home and their previous lowest total at home was 96, which also came against Pakistan at Belfast in 2011.
- Pakistan’s total of 337/6 in this match is their highest and first ever 300 plus total against Ireland. Overall, this is the fourth highest total by any team in ODIs against Ireland after South Africa’s 411/4 in 2015, New Zealand’s 402/2 in 2008 and Sri Lanka’s 377/8 in 2006.
Stats related to Imad Wasim’s bowling
- Imad’s bowling figure of five for 14 is the fourth best bowling figure among the Pakistani bowlers who have taken only five wickets in an ODI. Other three Pakistani bowlers are Mohammad Sami (5 for 10 vs New Zealand in 2003), Waqar Younis (5 for 11 vs New Zealand in 1990) and Afridi (5 for 11 vs Kenya in 2004). This is also the sixth most economical spell bowled by any Pakistani bowler with five or more wickets in an ODI.
- Imad’s fifer came in just 5.4 overs, which is the least number of balls bowled by any Pakistani bowler in an ODI to take a fifer and overall, this is the sixth least number of balls bowled by any bowler to take a fifer after Courtney Walsh (5 for 1 in 4.3 overs vs Sri Lanka in 1986), Robin Singh (5 for 22 in 5 overs vs Sri Lanka in 1997), Andrew Flintoff (5 for 19 in 5 overs vs West Indies in 2009), Luke Jongwe (5 for 6 in 5.1 overs vs Afghanistan in 2016) and Rahmat Shah (5 for 32 in 5.3 overs in UAE in 2014).
Stats related to Pakistan’s victory
- Pakistan won the match by 255 runs and this is their biggest victory in ODIs in terms of runs against any team.
- This was their fourth win in ODIs by a amargin e than 200 runs, while other teams such as South Africa (12 wins by 200 plus runs), Australia (9 wins by 200 plus runs), New Zealand (five wins by 200 plus runs) and Sri Lanka (five wins by 200 plus runs) have more 200 plus runs victory in ODIs.
(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)