Lowest match aggregates for Pakistan
Alas! Pakistan's test cricket has suffered so heavily recently that it appears to have reversed back to the primitive days. The Pakistan team has shown performances the likes of which were only exhibited by South Africa when entering test cricket but that was over 114 years ago. To the utter disbelief of their supporters the Pakistan team was bundled out for paltry scores of 59 and 53 in the two innings of the recent second test match at Sharjah against Australia. The aggregate is the lowest match aggregate for Pakistan in test cricket to date.
The more gloomy aspect of these lowest aggregates was that it had come on the eve of country's 50th Anniversary of playing the inaugural test match. (October 1952).
Pakistan's record lowest match aggregate is the fourth lowest aggregate ever in test cricket after South Africa's 36 + 45 against Australia at Melbourn in 1931-32, 47 + 43 against England at Cape Town in 1888-89 and New Zealand's 42 + 54 versus Australia at Wellington in 1945-46. Lamentfully Pakistan's pathetic performance in the second test match at Sharjah also created only the second instance since 1945-46 for a test match to be wrappedup in two days. (the other instance being West Indes versus England at Leads in 2000).
Presented below is a list of Pakistan's lowest match aggregates (completed innings) to date:
Match 1st 2nd Venue V/S Year Result Aggregate Inn Inn 112 59 53 Sharjah Aus 2002-03 Lost by an innings and 198 runs 208 77 131 Lahore WI 1986-87 Lost by an innings and 10 runs 222 104 118 Hamilton NZ 2001 Lost by an innings and 185 runs 240 106 134 Port of SA 1997-98 Lost by 259 runs Elizabeth 244 105 139 Lords Eng 1978 Lost by an innings and 120 runs 254 140 114 Trent Eng 1967 Lost by 10 wickets Bridge 289 145 144 Dacca WI 1958-59 Won by 41 runs 297 133 164 Oval Eng 1954 Won by 24 runs 302 150 152 New Delhi Ind 1952-53 Lost by an innings and 70 runs 304 132 172 Colombo SL 1986 Lost by 8 wickets 305 140 165 Port of WI 1993 Lost by 204 runs Spain
NOTE: Surprisingly, despite Pakistan's batting debacles on two of the above occasions, Fazal Mahmood, the architect of Pakistan's six of their first eight victories, bowled his team to exciting victories (v England at the Oval in 1954 and v West Indies at Dacca 1958-59). Fazal Mahmood, on both occasions claimed twelve wickets in the match.