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September 3, 2001
Apart from staging the hottest ever Test match, with temperatures in excess of 38 degrees Centigrade (100 degree Fahrenheit) on each day, the recently concluded first test match of Asian Test Championship established four unique test records that have gone unnoticed by cricket statisticians. The following are the four unique records:
1. Pakistan's record equalling five centuries were made out of a total of 546-3 declared. This total is the lowest ever to include 4 centuries, let alone 5. The previous record was West Indies' 550 v India at St John's in 1982-83 - that total included 4 centuries.
2. The Pakistan v Bangladesh test match saw the first ever instance of both left-handed opening batsmen scoring centuries in the same innings. Saeed Anwar and Taufeeq Umar provided the 39th instance of both openers scoring centuries in the same test innings, but the first ever by a left handed opening pair.
3. For the second time in Test history two separate century partnerships for the same wicket in the same innings were recorded. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana added 123 (unbroken) for the fourth wicket and then Yousuf Youhana and Abdur Razzaq added 165 (unbroken) for the fourth wicket. The first such instance was for the West Indies against England at Kingston in 1959-60. E.D.A.S.McMorris and G.S.Sobers put on 133 (unbroken) for the 3rd wicket. McMorris then retired hurt and then G.S.Sobers and S.M.Nurse put on 110 for the same wicket for West Indies v England at Kingston in 1959-60. However, Pakistan's achievement is unique in that both century partnerships were unbroken.
4. The Pakistan v Bangladesh and the concurrent Sri Lanka v India (3rd Test at Colombo) test matches provided the unique feat of centuries on test debuts on successive days in two separate test matches. Never before has there been such a feat. Taufeeq Umar of Pakistan scored 104 on 30th August, and on the next day, i.e. 31st August, T.T.Samaraweera of Sri Lanka scored an unbeaten 103.
CricInfo readers will be interested to note that B.H.Valentine (136) of England and L.Amarnath (118) of India provide the only instance of two batsmen scoring centuries in their debut tests on the same day in the same test match. This rare feat occurred during the 1st Test between India and England in 1933-34. The match was the only test match ever played at the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay. On 17th December 1933, i.e. the third day of this test match, B.H.Valentine resumed on his overnight 79 and went on to score 136 in England's innings of 438. Later in the day, India batted, and by the close of play, were 159-2 with L.Amarnath unbeaten on 102.
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