Misbah's 15 fifties without a ton
Stats highlights from the ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE
- Mohammad Hafeez's 448 runs is the second-highest aggregate in an ODI series by a Pakistan batsman. He fell three short of Salman Butt's 451 in a five-match series against Bangladesh in 2007-08. Click here for a list of batsmen with most runs in bilateral series.
- Hafeez's three centuries equal the most by a Pakistan batsman in any ODI series. Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar have also scored three tons in a series; they did it in consecutive ODIs. Zaheer hit three hundreds against India in 1982-83, scoring 346 runs at 86.50 from four matches, while Anwar's three centuries came in a tri-series involving Sri Lanka and West Indies in Sharjah, in which he scored 387 runs at 77.40 from five matches.
- In addition to Hafeez's three centuries, Ahmed Shehzad made one as well. It was only the fifth time that Pakistan have had at least four centuries in an ODI series.
- Hafeez's 1301 ODI runs in 2013 is the most he has scored in a year, and the second time in three years that he has scored more than 1000 in a year. He previously hit 1075 runs at 37.06 in 32 matches in 2011.
- Misbah-ul-Haq's two fifties took his tally of ODI half-centuries for 2013 to 15, the most by any batsman in a year. However, he did not make a hundred, a record for the most ODI fifties without a century in a year. Younis Khan (2002), Sourav Ganguly (2007) and Graeme Smith (2007) had made 12 fifties without a century in a year.
- Misbah ended the year with 1373 ODI runs, the most by any batsman. Hafeez is second on that list, making 2013 the only year since 1992 when two Pakistan batsmen have topped the run-scorers list. In 1992, Javed Miandad (942), Rameez Raja (865) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (818) were the top three runs-scorers.
- Including their win against India in the series that ended in January this year, this was the seventh bilateral series-win in ODIs for Pakistan in 2013, which is the most they have won in a calendar year. In 2011, Pakistan had won six bilateral series in ODIs. The most series they have won in a year, bilateral or otherwise, is eight, in 2002, when they won six and were declared joint-winners of two other series.
- Pakistan scored 1318 runs, which is their third highest aggregate in a five-ODI series. Their batsmen collectively averaged 50.69, which is also their third highest in a five-match series.
- Junaid Khan's 13 wickets is the second-highest aggregate for a Pakistan bowler in a bilateral series, after Naved-ul-Hasan's 15 wickets against India in 2004-05. Naved-ul-Hasan, however, played one ODI more than Junaid's five in this series.
- Junaid also equalled the second most wickets in a series for a left-arm quick. New Zealand's Geoff Allott and Australia's Mitchell Johnson lead this list with 14 wickets from seven ODIs.
- Kumar Sangakkara's two half-centuries took his tally of 50-plus scores in ODIs this year to 12, the joint second highest by a Sri Lanka batsman in a year. Sangakkara also holds the record for the most 50-plus scores in a year for Sri Lanka - 13 in 2006.
- Tillakaratne Dilshan completed 1000 ODI runs for a second year in a row during this series. He scored 1160 runs at 61.05 with three centuries in 2013. In ODIs since 2012, he is the third highest run-scorer behind Sangakkara and Virat Kohli. Only Kohli has more hundreds than Dilshan during this period.
- Ashan Priyanjan's 74 in the fourth ODI was Sri Lanka's highest individual score on debut beating Chamara Silva's 55 against Australia in Colombo in 1999.
Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com
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