June 16, 2001

Most runs in a day's play for Pakistan

In the recent Old Trafford Test, Pakistan achieved a well-deserved and remarkable victory by 108 runs. In fact, they started the match merrily with a run spree of 370 for 8 on the first day, which incidentally was also their third highest score in a day's play in Test Cricket, after scoring a record 400 for 4 against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1972-73 and 388-3 against England at Old Trafford in 1992.

The world record for most runs scored in a day's play for any side is 503-2 by England (from 28-0 to 531-2) against South Africa on the 2nd day at Lords in 1924. For both sides it is 588-6 (England 398-6) against India (190-0) on the 2nd day at Old Trafford in 1936. The record for most runs scored by both sides, with one side being Pakistan, is 496-4, England (437-4) and Pakistan (59-0) at Trent Bridge in 1954.

Instances of Pakistan scoring 300 or more in a day in test cricket:

Score                       Day  Venue         Versus        Year
400-4  (107-2 to 507-6 dec) 2nd  Dunedin       New Zealand   1972-73
388-3                       1st  Old Trafford  England       1992
370-8                       1st  Old Trafford  England       2001
349-7                       1st  Lahore        New Zealand   1976-77
339-3  (255-3 to 594-6)     3rd  Faisalabad    India         1982-83
338-3                       1st  Karachi       New Zealand   1976-77
332-6  (270-1 to 602-7)     2nd  Edgbaston     England       1971
321-5  (28-1 to 349-6)      2nd  Lahore        India         1978-79
317-2                       1st  The Oval      England       1974
315-7  (170-3 to 485)       2nd  Lahore        India         1982-83
309                         1st  Bridge Town   West Indies   1987-88
308-1  (87-5 to 395-6)      3rd  Lahore        New Zealand   1955-56
308-5                       1st  Melbourne     Australia     1983-84

NOTE: Record at home: 349-7 on 1st Day at Lahore v New Zealand 1976-77 Record away: 400-4 on 2nd Day at Dunedin v New Zealand 1972-73

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