7th Match, England v Pakistan, NatWest Series,Statistical Highlights

  • It was the 1724th ODI in cricket history.

  • It was England's 330th and Pakistan's 498th ODI.

  • It was the 49th match between these two sides. The record now reads : Pakistan 20, England 28, abandoned one.

  • John Holder and Mervyn Kitchen were officiating in their 18th and 28th match respectively.

  • Darren Gough was playing his 50th consecutive match since the match against Australia at Brisbane on 10-01-1999.He became fourth Englishman to do so after Ian Botham (67), Graeme Hick (55) and David Gower (50).

  • Marcus Trescothick became third Englishman to be dismissed off the first ball of a match. Others to achieve this dubiuos distinction for England are Barry Roberts (b.Roberts) versus West Indies at Scarborough on 26-08-1976 and Derek Randall (c.Lloyd b.Roberts) versus West Indies at Brisbane on 23-12-1979. In addition, Graham Gooch was also dismissed off the first ball in England's innings (lbw Brandes) at Albury on 18-03-1992,but that was in the second innings of the match.

  • The eighth wicket partnership of 67 runs between Ben Hollioake and Darren Gough was England's best for this wicket against all countries obliterating the 62 run-partnership between Darren Gough and Dermot Reeve against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad on 09-03-1996. This also equalled the record partnership for eighth wicket by any side against Pakistan. Kenya's Deepak Chudasama and Thomas Odoyo had also added 67 runs at Nairobi (Aga) on 02-10-1996. Incidentally the previous highest partnership for England for eighth wicket against Pakistan was a paltry 29 runs between Ronnie Erani and Robert Croft at Edgbaston on 31-08-1996. Just for the record,the previous highest for England for eighth wicket in England was 55 runs between John Lever and Chris Old against Australia at 04-06-1977.

  • Gough's innings of 40* is the highest by an English batsman at number nine. This obliterated Martin Bicknell's 31* against Australia at Perth on 09-12-1990.Incidentally West Indian Michael Holding holds the record of playing the highest innings at this position with 64 against Australia at Perth on 05-02-1984.

  • Gough now has an aggregate of 189 runs (ave.15.75) in 18 innings while batting at number nine - maximum for England. He surpassed Phil de Freitas' tally of 151 runs (ave.15.10) from 20 innings. Just for the record, Australia's Shane Warne has scored maximum runs at this batting position - 421 runs (ave 14.03) from 47 innings.

  • Waqar Younis (7-36) achieved the second best bowling performance in ODIs. Only Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan with 7 for 30 against India at Sharjah last year has better figures in shorter form of the game. Waqar also bettered Aaqib Javed's Pakistani record of best bowling in one day internationals. Javed took seven wickets for 37 runs against India at Sharjah on October 25,1991. Waqar also put Winston Davis' seven for 51 in to shade - the previous best figures by a bowler on English soil. He also eclipsed Australia's Garry Gilmour's six for 14 - the previous best figures against England. The accompanying table lists the best bowling figures in a one-day international :

  • Waqar's figures are now the best by a captain in ODIs. The previous record was on the name of West Indian Viv Richards who took six for 41 against India at Delhi on 23-10-1989. The following table lists the best bowling figures by a captain in a ODI match :

  • Alec Stewart, by holding four catches in Pakistani innings, created a new record of most dismissals by an English keeper against Pakistan. The previous record was of three dismissals made on seven occasions (thrice by Stewart himself).

  • The two wickets in this match has taken Darren Gough's tally of wickets to 147 from 94 matches making him the most successful bowler for England. Gough eclipsed Ian Botham's record of 145 wickets from 116 matches.

  • Alec Stewart conceded the match due to pitch invasion by crowd. It was the second instance of a side conceding the match. The only other instance took place more than 22 years ago when Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi called his batsmen from the field when 23 runs were needed from 14 balls with eight wickets in hand in protest against the persistent short pitched bowling of Sarfraz Nawaz whose four consecutive bouncers were not called wide. Though the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at Calcutta on 13-03-1996 had to be abandoned due to crowd disturbance when India was 120 for eight in reply to Sri Lanka's 251 for eight , the match was awarded to Sri Lanka by default by match referee Clive Lloyd.

  • The defeat in this match has extended England's streak of consecutive losses to 10. The defeat was also England's fifth in consecutive matches at home soilits worst performance. England had lost four matches in a row from 18-06-1975 to 31-08-1976.

  • Waqar Younis was winning his 14th Man of the Match awardfirst against England in 13 matches.