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Stats Analysis

Babar Azam's record knock, Pakistan's marathon effort, and more

Hosts batted 171.4 overs, as Australia debutant Mitchell Swepson finished with 0 for 156, third-worst for a bowler on debut

1 Number of instances of a team batting longer than Pakistan's 171.4 overs in Karachi in the fourth innings to save a Test. England faced 218.2 eight-ball overs during a 696-run chase against South Africa in 1939. Pakistan's 171.4 overs is also the fifth-longest by a team in the fourth innings of a Test.
408 First-innings lead for Australia in this match. Only on five occasions in Tests has a team held a higher first-innings lead before settling to a draw. The highest is 563 runs by England against West Indies in the 1930 Kingston Test.
196 Babar Azam's score in Karachi. It is now the highest individual score for a captain in the fourth innings of a Test. The previous highest was 185* by Michael Atherton against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995.
603 Minutes batted by Babar during his marathon effort. It is the second-longest fourth innings in terms of minutes batted in a Test. Atherton spent 643 minutes for his aforementioned 185*.
1 Babar's 196 is the highest individual score for Pakistan in the fourth innings of a Test, surpassing Younis Khan's 171* against Sri Lanka in 2015.
171.4 Overs batted by Pakistan in the chase. It is the longest that they have batted in the fourth innings of a Test, surpassing the 145 overs against Australia in 2016 in Brisbane. The total of 443 for 7 by Pakistan in Karachi is also their second-highest fourth-innings total, behind the 450 all out in the same Brisbane Test.
196 Babar's innings is the seventh-highest fourth-innings score in Test cricket, and the highest in the fourth innings against Australia. Kumar Sangakkara previously held the record with 192 in the 2007 Hobart Test.
425 Balls faced by Babar, the fourth-longest fourth innings in terms of balls faced in Tests, where balls faced data is available. The previous longest for Pakistan was 369 balls by Shoaib Malik during his unbeaten 148 against Sri Lanka in 2006.
228 Partnership between Babar and Abdullah Shafique, the second-highest stand for the third wicket in the fourth innings and the second-highest for Pakistan in the fourth innings of a Test match. The highest is 242 between Shan Masood and Younis for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in 2015.
2 Number of Tests lost by Pakistan at Karachi's National Stadium out of the 44 they have played. Their loss percentage of 4.54 at the venue is the lowest for a team in Tests where they have played ten-plus matches.
0 for 156 Mitchell Swepson's bowling figures in the fourth innings. These are the third-worst figures for a bowler on Test debut. Adil Rashid conceded 163 runs without picking a wicket in his debut innings against Pakistan in 2015, while Zafar Gohar picked 0 wickets for 159 runs against New Zealand in 2021.
The 156 runs conceded by Swepson are also the second-most in a Test innings on debut for Australia, behind Jason Krejza's 215 during his eight-wicket haul against India in 2008.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo