India v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 3rd day December 2, 2007

Misbah and Akmal stand tall

Cricinfo staff
Stats highlights from the third day of the India-Pakistan Test in Kolkata

Stats highlights from the third day of the India-Pakistan Test in Kolkata.

Kamran Akmal has struggled behind the stumps, but has been in superb form with the bat © AFP

  • The 207-run stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal equals Pakistan's record for the sixth wicket in Tests against India. Saleem Malik and Imran Khan had added 207 in Faisalabad in 1982-83. It's also the highest sixth-wicket stand at Eden Gardens.

  • Akmal has been struggling behind the stumps, but with the bat he has done little wrong in the last couple of months. This was his third 50-plus score in his last five Test innings. His 119 is his fifth Test century, and his second-highest, next to the 154 he scored against England in Lahore in 2005-06.

  • Akmal has has scored five Test hundreds, which is a record for a Pakistan wicketkeeper. Moin Khan is next in line with four.

  • This was Akmal's fourth century versus India, against whom he averages 47.64 in ten Tests. No other wicketkeeper has scored as many hundreds against India; Andy Flower has three.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq has been on a roll as well. Since returning to the Test team in October, Misbah has notched up scores of 23, 23, 41, 82, 45, and 108 not out - 322 runs in five completed innings at an average of 64.40.

  • This is only the third time that five centuries have been scored in a Test in Kolkata. The India-South Africa Test in 1996-97 and the India-West Indies match in 2002-03 had also seen as many hundreds.

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