Pakistan v SA, 2nd Test, Dubai, 3rd day

Ajmal made to work hard, Younis catches the most

Stats highlights from the third day's play at Dubai

Shiva Jayaraman

October 25, 2013

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Saeed Ajmal in his delivery stride, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, 1st day, Dubai, October 23, 2013
Saeed Ajmal was made to work hard for the ninth five-wicket haul of his Test-career © AFP

  • Younis Khan's catch to dismiss Morne Morkel was his 95th in Tests - the highest by a Pakistan fielder in Tests . His catch to dismiss Graeme Smith earlier in the innings had equalled the record held by Javed Miandad, who took 94 catches in his Test-career. Click here for a list of fielders with most catches in Tests.

  • This was Saeed Ajmal's ninth five-wicket haul of his Test-career and his second against South Africa, but he was made to work for it. Ajmal bowled 55.5 overs in this innings, the most he has bowled in an innings in Tests.

  • The 418-run lead that Pakistan conceded in the first innings was their second-highest ever in Tests while batting first. The 462-run lead conceded by them against West Indies in the famous Test in Jamaica in 1958 - in which Garry Sobers hit a then record-365 - is the highest they have ever conceded in the first innings while batting first. The 1958 series against West Indies also produced the highest first-innings lead conceded by Pakistan, overall, in Tests - they ended up trailing West Indies by 473 runs in Bridgetown in the first innings.

  • Khurram Manzoor's pair in this Test was the seventh by a Pakistan opener in Tests. The last time a Pakistan opener got a pair in a Test was Taufeeq Umar against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.

  • The match against Australia in 2002 in Sharjah was also the previous occasion of Pakistan losing their first wicket without adding a run on the board in both the innings of a Test, before today. Including this match, there have been five such instances for Pakistan in Tests.

  • Pakistan's second innings was the eighth instance of both their openers getting out for a duck in an innings in Tests. This was the second such instance in 2013 - the previous instance also came against South Africa, earlier this year in Cape Town.

  • Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers ended their partnership on 338 runs - this is the highest fifth-wicket partnership against Pakistan in Tests. They beat the 327-run partnership put on by Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting in Perth in 1999.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Ray24 on (October 26, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

For me Kallis is the best cricketer ever given his record. Better than Sir Sobers and Sir Bradman. And this comes from a Pakistan fan. Kallis is a true all rounder and his achievements cannot be compared with anyone - no one comes close.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

To the_ashes: If u can't get the tail out, how good are you ? and i think you should see his stats and ranking, and get more knowledge.. at least enough to know that every batsman in world praises him

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

it s a good to lead this match pakistan work hard especially misbah

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Stephen Flemming took at least a catch , on average, in 85% of his innings played! That is pretty good, almost a guaranteed wicket in those slips..

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

I am totally agreed with Achettup regarding Jacques Kallis. No doubt HE is the Best Cricketer ever and his records speak for him. He is also second highest century maker (44) just behind Sachin. Over 250 wickets in both Test and one day, over 10,000 runs in both Test and one day, over 100 catches in both Test and one day................... HE IS THE BEST CRICKETER OF ALL TIME................Yes yet he is under appreciated.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

@Achettup You forgot one important statistics about Kallis. He is among the 4 few to have a test triple (1000 runs 100 wickets 100 catches). and he is the only player to score 10,000+ runs, 200+ wickets, and 100+ catches in both test and ODI. He is the most under-appreciated player of the world.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

What a bowler Ajmal is. I can't praise him enough. Respect, sir.

Posted by The_Ashes on (October 25, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Ajmal takes his wickets against lower order and tail.

Posted by Achettup on (October 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Thanks for all the Pakistani stats... you have to wonder what Jacques Kallis needs to do to get people's attention, everything the guy does just seems to be overlooked... for instance when he caught Manzoor he overtook Ponting in the list of catches by a fielder other than keeper to take second place behind Rahul Dravid, a quite magnificent statistic.. Consider that he needs just 239 runs to become the second highest run scorer and 12 wickets more to hit 300, what an outstanding yet under-appreciated cricketer!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

the record of a pair for pakistani opener , i thought hafeez hold the record but surprisingly not

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