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Stats Analysis

Shafique's marathon knock, Pakistan's record chase, and Jayasuriya's dream start

Highlights of Pakistan's incredible win, which was the highest successful chase in Galle

342 The target chased by Pakistan in Galle, their second highest successful chase in Test cricket. It is also the second highest target chased by any team against Sri Lanka. The highest for both is 377, which Pakistan chased down in Pallekele in 2015.
1 Pakistan's 342 is the highest successful chase by any team in Galle. The previous highest was 268 by Sri Lanka against New Zealand in 2019, while the previous highest for a visiting side was 164 by England in 2021. Pakistan's chase in Galle is also the fourth-highest successful chase in Tests in Sri Lanka.
524 Minutes batted by Abdullah Shafique for his unbeaten 160, the longest a player has batted during a successful chase in Tests. The previous longest innings was 460 minutes by Aravinda de Silva during his 143* against Zimbabwe in 1998. Shafique's 524-minute effort is also the third longest by any batter in the fourth innings of a Test where data is available.
408 Balls faced by Shafique in the chase. He is only the fifth batter to face 400-plus balls in the fourth innings of a Test where balls-faced data is available. Shafique's 408 balls are also the second most faced in a successful chase, behind Herbert Sutcliffe, who faced 462 deliveries for his 135 against Australia in 1928.
3 Shafique's unbeaten 160 is also the third-highest individual score in a successful chase in Asia. Kyle Mayers scored 210* against Bangladesh in Chattogram in 2021, while Younis Khan hit 171* against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2015.
160* Shafique's score in Galle is now the third-highest individual score for Pakistan in the fourth innings of a Test. Babar Azam scored 196 against Australia earlier this year in Karachi, while Younis' aforementioned 171* coming next.
2 Number of individual scores by openers during a successful chase in Test cricket that are higher than Shafique's 160*. Gordon Greenidge scored an unbeaten 214 against England in the 1984 Lord's Test, while Arthur Morris got 182 against England in Leeds in 1948.
720 Test runs for Shafique in his first six matches. Only three batters scored more runs than him in their first six matches: Sunil Gavaskar (912), Don Bradman (862) and George Headley (730).
21 Wickets for Prabath Jayasuriya after two Tests. Only Narendra Hirwani (24) and Alec Bedser (22) took more wickets than Jayasuriya in their first two matches, while Bob Massie also had 21. Jayasuriya also became only the third bowler to claim five-fors in his first three Test innings, after Tom Richardson and Clarrie Grimmett.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo