England v Pakistan 3rd Test, Day 2 – Statistical Highlights

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Pakistan’s Sami Aslam acknowledges the applause of the crowd as he walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 82. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan have recovered well after losing the 2nd Test by a huge margin as they held the upper hand at the end of Day 2 in 3rd Test at Birmingham. Pakistan now trail by just 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

After bowling out England on Day 1, Pakistan batted well with Sami Aslam scoring 82 and Azhar Ali scored his maiden Test ton outside Asia. Here we look at all the stats and records recorded during the first two day’s play.

3 – Sami Aslam became only the 3rd Pakistani opener to score a fifty plus in his maiden Test innings as an opener in England. Saeed Anwar in 1996 and Mohammad Hafeez in 2006 are the others.

3 – Number of times a team lost their first wicket without scoring in Test cricket on 4th August 2016 including two in Sri Lanka-Australia game. This has happened for the first time ever. Earlier two teams had their scores with 0/1 on the same day on multiple occasions.

Also read – ENG v PAK, 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Pakistan wrest control

5 – Wickets taken by Sohail Khan in England’s first innings. This was his first Test match since 2011. He picked up 5-wicket haul in ODI in 2015, playing his first game since 2011.

7 – James Anderson now has 50+ wickets against 7 Test nations. He missed out on 50+ wickets against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He is only next to Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble to pick 50+ wickets against top 8 teams.

9 – Number of times before this game Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Pakistan won 6 of them while 3 ended in a draw.

20y 235d – Sami Aslam’s age at the start of the game. He is the 5th youngest opener to score a fifty in Test cricket in England.

78 – Runs scored by Azhar Ali before this game in his last 7 Test innings. He had scored 66 runs in his last 7 innings outside Asia before this game. He scored 139 runs in the first innings of this Test.

181 – Partnership stand for the 2nd wicket between Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali. This is the highest 2nd wicket stand for Pakistan after they lost the first wicket without scoring.

2006 – Last time Pakistan’s No.3 before Azhar Ali scored a century outside Asia was in 2006 by Younis Khan also against England at Leeds.

2006 – Last time before this game, any player among Pakistan’s top 3 managed to score a fifty plus against England in England was way back in 2006. Since then no one managed to score fifty in 7 Tests.

2011 – Last time before this game Pakistan had a 150+ stand for the 2nd wicket outside Asia in Tests was in 2011 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. Excluding Zimbabwe, their last 150+ stand outside Asia for the 2nd wicket was way back in 1983 against Australia at Adelaide Oval.

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