Harbhajan's nightmare, and a deluge of runs
Stats highlights on day 1
Pakistan's match aggregate of 1078 runs is the highest by a single team in a five-day Test. The combined match aggregate of 1702 is the fourth-highest for five-day Tests as the table below indicates.
Highest match aggregates in five-day Tests
|Aggregate / Wickets
|1764 / 39
||Australia v West Indies
|1747 / 25
||Australia v India
|1723 / 31
||England v Australia
|1702 / 28
||Pakistan v India
|For the full list of highest match aggregates, including timeless Tests, click here.
Harbhajan Singh will want to erase the first two Tests of this series from his memory, having bowled 486 balls without taking a wicket. Only three other bowlers have bowled more deliveries in a series without success, as the table below indicates; interestingly, all happen to be offspinners.
Most balls without a wicket in a Test series
* indicates an ongoing series
||South Africa, 1998
Younis Khan's dream run against India just got better after he scored his fourth century in as many Tests. In fact, this is only the sixth instance of a batsman scoring four or more consecutive centuries against a particular opposition.
Four or more consecutive centuries against single opposition
||Cape Town, 1949-50
||Port Elizabeth, 1949-50
Irfan Pathan has hit quite a purple patch with the bat. In his last seven Tests, including the ongoing one at Faisalabad, Pathan averages 47, with an aggregate of 376 runs, including four half-centuries. After this innings, his overall batting average has moved up to 29.59, an increase of nearly three runs in seven matches.
The partnership of 210 between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan is the second-highest for the sixth wicket against Pakistan. The highest is the 238 that Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer put together at Hobart
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who got to his century off 93 balls, has scored the fastest hundred by an Indian wicketkeeper and the fourth fastest overall
by wicketkeepers. This follows Kamran Akmal's world record in the first Test at Lahore. The unbeaten 160-run partnership between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan is the highest for the sixth-wicket by India against Pakistan, beating the previous highest of 143 between Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin at Calcutta in 1986-87.
The old firm of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have staged several crucial partnerships in the recent past. Including this innings, the pair have aggregated 2463 runs in 46 innings averaging 60.07 (runs per completed partnerships), with nine century stands and six half-century partnerships.
The 251-run fifth-wicket partnership shared between Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq is the third highest for Pakistan in Tests. After Inzamam and Afridi put on 163 overnight, Afridi was joined by Razzaq after Inzamam retired hurt and the two added a further 88 runs. The second highest fifth-wicket stand for Pakistan is 258 between Salim Malik and Inzamam-ul-Haq at Wellington
while the highest is 281 between Asif Iqbal and Javed Miandad at Lahore against New Zealand
in 1976-77. Inzamam-ul-Haq, who scored his 25th Test century, has earned himself a place in the list of top ten century makers.
He is also the leading centurion among Pakistan batsmen.
Pakistan's 379 for 4 is the highest total by a team on the first day at Faisalabad. India's score of 334 for 7 in 1983
is in second place while Pakistan's 300 for 4 against England comes next.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo. For some stats he was helped by Arun Gopalakrishnan