Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ODI Series, 2013-14

Misbah's 15 fifties without a ton

Stats highlights from the ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE

Shiva Jayaraman

December 28, 2013

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Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq punch gloves, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Sharjah, December 22, 2013
Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez are the top two run-getters in ODIs this year © AFP
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  • 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.

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Posted by android_user on (December 30, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

hats off to pak for having top 2 runs scorers and wicket takers in 2013

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Hats off to Misbah. Love his batting and love his captaincy!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Misbah is the savior of Pakistan Cricket. He came at a time when nobody wanted captaincy and cricket was ruled by the aggressive approach of Afridi. He was the most experienced member of the team and therefore nobody in the team could challenge his right to captaincy. He came and gave us a face saving series draw against the mighty south africans, He relised that Pakistan's strenght ws in it's bowling and so he got us to realistic scores of 230-250 which are bowling defended. He was captain cool never letting his emotions or critics get to him because he was busy saving his country. Hats off to Pakistan's second most successful captain!

Posted by Desihungama on (December 29, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Misbah is a Million Dollar Man. He will take IPL by storm if they let him play.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Well Played and Well-Done Team Pakistan, You have done an excellent job throughout this Year without having a home series within Pakistan. You have produced quality cricket, Nail Biting Finishing Thrillers, Quality Bowling and At last 300 Plus Batting Wonders (Rare to be seen from our Team). You guys topped on Batting and Bowling, We're Proud on You. Only Objection on ICC and their awards policies, how they missed these? What are their criteria?!!!!!!

Posted by android_user on (December 28, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

hafeez has 4096 runs from 141 innings. misbah has 4384 from 128 innings. comparing both hafeez and misbah is not right in my opinion. for example take this year itself. hafeez reached 2nd by scoring lot of runs in this series and jumped from 900+ to 1300. misbah scored all year and mostly in difficult situations and almost in all series. most of times, in matches misbah scored the contribution from top 3 or 4 ( batsmen before misbah) have been been very less. runs are still runs even mainly scored against 1 team or weaker bowling. so not taking any thing away from hafeez. never the less, record is record and congrats to both misbah and hafeez fot being top 2 scoreres of the year. at times strike rate is not everything and many big and greats have got strike rate in 70s.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

I was doing an analysis of both misbah and hafeez odi career. both have played 141 ODI matches, misbah has scored 4400 runs and hafeez has scored 4400 runs in ODI career. Misbah strike rate is 73 per 100 balls and hafeez strike rate is 73 per hundred balls. Misbah average of 45 is extremely deceptive like Dhoni. Misbah has 31 not outs in 130 innings. if we take out 20 not outs from Misbah career then his average will come back to 34 and hafeez average will be 32.

In last three months i have liked how misbah has lead the team but his and vice captain slow strike rate means that Pakistani batsmen are pathetic , it's only our great bowling of Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, Gul, Junaid which is winning ODI matches for us. I like the way misbah has scarified his 2 down batting position to shoaib maqsood the new comer and that's the reason Pakistan have won two great series against SA and Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Impressive work done by the captain of a team without a proper board. Only team in the world that can function better without the board. No need for a board, a chairmen, coach, captain and other staff is all this team needs

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 28, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Misbah Ul Haq is my favorite Pakistani cricketer of all ever. I will be among the happiest in the world the day he gets his first ever ODI ton. He will also be the oldest player to get the first ODI ton too.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (December 28, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

In spite of a successful 2013, Pakistan remains ranked 6th in ODIs.

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