Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 1st day February 3, 2012

A day of batting collapses

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from an extraordinary day's play in Dubai during which 16 wickets fell for 203 runs

After collapsing for their fifth sub-100 score in the last three years, Pakistan fought back to curtail England's progress by limiting them to 104 for 6. Here are stats highlights from day one of the third Test.

  • Pakistan were bowled out for the 14th time for a score under 100. It is also their sixth such score against England overall and the fourth since the beginning of 2010. Since 2000, Pakistan's batting has collapsed most often resulting in eight sub-100 scores including two in one match against Australia in Sharjah in 2002. Of the previous 12 matches (13 sub-100 scores), Pakistan have lost 11 and drawn two. The score of 99, however, is Pakistan's first sub-100 total outside England in Tests against England.
  • The total of 99 is also Pakistan's fourth-lowest after they have batted first on winning the toss. Their lowest such total is 59 against Australia in Sharjah in 2002. It is also the tenth time in Tests overall and the fifth time since 1990 that a team has been dismissed with the total on 99. South Africa and England are the only teams to be dismissed on more than one occasion for 99.
  • Since 2000, England have succeeded in bowling out opposition teams for sub-100 totals on 13 occasions. Six of those have come since the beginning of 2010. The last time England lost a Test after bowling the opposition out for less than 100 was way back in 1906 against South Africa.
  • In their quest for a whitewash, Pakistan will have to achieve a rare feat. Teams have managed to come back and win Tests after being bowled out under 100 in the first innings on only nine occasions. Seven of these occasions came between 1877 and 1950. The last time a team managed to achieve this was in Cape Town in 2011 when South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets after being dismissed for 96 in their first innings.
  • So far in the series, England's top six batsmen average 17.93, Since 1888, this is the second-lowest average for the top six for England in series of three or more matches.
  • Since the beginning of the India series, Stuart Broad has picked up 37 wickets in seven Tests (13 innings) at an average of 15.05. Prior to that, he picked up 107 wickets in 37 matches at an average of 36.25.
  • There have been 35 leg-before dismissals in the series so far which is the highest for a three-match series. The previous highest was 33 lbw dismissals in the West Indies-Pakistan series in 1992-93. By the end of the series, there is a distinct possibility that this series might hold the record for the most lbw decisions which currently stands at 43.
  • Kevin Pietersen fell for the 22nd time to a left-arm spinner. He now averages 35.83 against left-arm spinners as compared to 60.57 against right-arm spinners.