April 9, 2001

Lowest match aggregates for Pakistan

In the recently concluded Hamilton Test, Pakistan's match aggregate of both completed innings of 222, was the lowest after the 208 recorded against the West Indies at Lahore in 1986-87. Incidentally on seven occasions to date, Pakistan's match aggregate (for both completed innings) remained below the 300 mark. These events of batting failures included three instances against England, two against the West Indies, and one each against South Africa and New Zealand. It might appear surprising but the fact remains that despite Pakistan's batting debacles on two of the above seven 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 - 1954 and v West Indies at Dacca 1958-59). Fazal Mahmood, on both occasions claimed twelve wickets in the match. In fact Pakistan's inaugral match total is also included in the list of lowest ever match totals.

Presented below is a list of Pakistan's lowest match aggregates (completed innings) to date:

Match Aggregate Ist Innings 2nd Innings Venue V/S Year Result
208 77 131 Lahore West Indies 1986-87 Lost by an inning and 10 runs
222 104 118 Hamilton New Zealand 2001 Lost by an innings and 185 runs
240 106 134 Port of Elizabeth South Africa 1997-98 Lost by 259 runs
244 105 139 Lords England 1978 Lost by an inningsand 120 runs
254 140 114 Trent Bridge England 1967 Lost by 10 wickets
289 145 144 Dacca West Indies 1958-59 Won by 41 runs
297 133 164 Oval England 1954 Won by 24 runs
302 150 152 New Delhi India 1952-53 Lost by an innings and 70 runs
304 132 172 Colombo Sri Lanka 1986 Lost by 8 wickets
305 140 165 Port of Spain West Indies 1993 Lost by 204 runs