Statistical Highlights: Bishoo magic, gritty Bravo and Misbah’s away record

Statistical Highlights: Bishoo magic, gritty Bravo and Misbah’s away record

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Statistical Highlights: Bishoo magic, gritty Bravo and Misbah’s away record


Pakistan overcame the West Indian challenge on the fifth day to win Asia’s first day-night Test in Dubai and take a 1-0 lead in the three Test series. Starting the last day on 95 for 2, West Indies got off to the worst possible start, losing overnight batsman Marlon Samuels off the first ball of the day. The visitors though managed to stay in the hunt thanks to the star of the day for West Indies – Darren Bravo. The southpaw scored his eight Test hundred, his seventh away from home, to carry the West Indian hopes of an unlikely win till the last session. However, the tail collapsed after his dismissal to give Pakistan the much-expected victory.

Statistical highlights from last two days of the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies:

438 runs aggregated by Pakistan openers in this match is the second most for the country’s opening pair in a Test. The only higher aggregate is 465 runs inBridgetown in 1958 when Hanif Mohammad scored 17 and 337 and his partner Imtiaz Ahmed scored 20 and 91.

300 – Difference in runs scored by Azhar Ali in his first and second innings. The only higher difference is 320 by Hanif Mohammad (17 & 337) and 307 by Bob Simpson(311 & 4*).

456 – Difference in Pakistan’s total in the first (579 for 3 decl.) and second innings (123) – the joint highest difference between the first and second innings for a team in a Test. There was a difference of 456 between West Indies’ totals of 590 and 134 in their match against India in Mumbai in 2011.

8 for 49 by Devendra Bishoo is:

+ Fifth best figures for a West Indian bowler in Tests

+ Third best by a spinner against Pakistan after 10 for 74 by Anil Kumble and 9 for 127 by Rangana Herath.

+ Best figures in a neutral venue, eclipsing 7 for 55 by Saeed Ajmal against England at the same venue in 2012

+ Best by a visiting bowler in Asia, bettering 8 for 84 by Lance Klusener against India in Kolkata in 1996

+ Fourth best in a losing cause after 9 for 83 by Kapil Dev, 9 for 95 by Jack Noreiga and 9 for 102 by Subhash Gupte

Best figures for West Indies bowlers in an innings:

Player Figures Against Venue Start Date
Jack Noreiga 9/95 Ind Port of Spain 6-Mar-71
Colin Croft 8/29 Pak Port of Spain 4-Mar-77
Lance Gibbs 8/38 Ind Bridgetown 23-Mar-62
Curtly Ambrose 8/45 Eng Bridgetown 5-Apr-90
Devendra Bishoo 8/49 Pak Dubai (DSC) 13-Oct-16
Michael Holding 8/92 Eng The Oval 12-Aug-76
Alf Valentine 8/104 Eng Manchester 8-Jun-50
11 – Runs for which Pakistan lost their last six wickets – the joint second fewest they have added for the last six wickets. They lost their last six wickets for just nine runs against West Indies in Faisalabad in 1990 and for 11 runs against India in Chennai in 1999.

31.5 overs batted by Pakistan is the fewest overs in which they got dismissed by West Indies. The previous lowest was 38.5 overs in Faisalabad in 1986. It is also the joint second fewest they batted in an innings in UAE after 31.5 and 24.5 overs against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.

5 – Darren Bravo has now scored five hundreds in Tests in Asia, the joint most for a West Indies batsman alongside Brian Lara. This was also the first instance of Darren Bravo scoring fifty or more in both innings of a Test in his 47-match career.

53.76 – Darren Bravo’s average in Tests away from home – the best among 35 West Indian players who have scored at least 1000 runs in Tests outside West Indies. In comparison he averages just 29.35 at home with only one out of his eight centuries coming in the Caribbean.

Best average for West Indies away from home (min 1000 runs):

Player Mat Inns Runs Highest Avg 100 50
Darren Bravo 23 41 2097 218 53.76 7 8
Seymour Nurse 18 32 1670 258 52.18 4 8
Gary Sobers 49 85 3957 198 50.73 12 18
Viv Richards 73 115 5404 291 50.5 13 31
Everton Weekes 25 41 2035 194 49.63 8 9
Brian Lara 65 119 5695 277 48.26 17 22

13 – Pakistan bowlers conceding 100 or more runs in both innings of a Test match. Yasir Shah is the fourth to do it against West Indies after Mahmood Hussain,Haseeb Ahsan and Danish Kaneria.

507 – Balls faced by Bravo in this Test – seventh most known instance for West Indies. He is the first West Indian since 2004 to face 500 balls in a Test. Brian Lara, who faced 582 deliveries against England in St John’s in 2004, holds the West Indian record.

109 overs batted by West Indies is their most in the fourth innings of a Test in the subcontinent. The only other instance they batted 100-plus overs in Asia was inKolkata in 1978 against India, when they batted out 105.1 overs to hold on to a draw.

23 – Wins away from home for Misbah as Pakistan captain. He has joined Clive Lloyd and Graeme Smith with most Test wins away from home