Pakistan achieves milestone with victory over UAE in World Cup

KARACHI: Pakistan team achieved several statiscal milestones during their 129-run victory over United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Cricket World Cup in New Zealand city of Napier on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s total of 339 is their second-highest in a World Cup game after their 349 against Zimbabwe in Kingston (Jamaica) in 2007.

160 runs partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Harris Sohail, Pakistan’s fourth-best in a World Cup game. The highest for this wicket us 194, between Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti, against New Zealand in the 1999 World Cup.

39 Balls taken by Misbah-ul-Haq for his half-century, the second-fastest of his 41 fifties in ODIs. The only time he scored a faster 50 was off 36 balls, against Zimbabwe way back in January 2008 in Karachi.

Four number of 50-plus scores for Shehzad in his last nine ODI innings, including a century. He averages 42 during this period, at a strike rate of almost 76.

124 runs scored by Pakistan in their last ten overs, the 12th time in this tournament that teams have scored 100 or more runs in the last ten.

In the entire 2011 World Cup, it happened only six times.

A total of 16 number of 300-plus totals in this World Cup.

This equals the number of 300-plus scores in the 2007 World Cup, and just one short of the record, 17 in 2011.

Four number of Pakistan batsmen who’ve scored 8000 or more ODI runs – Shahid Afridi is the fourth, after Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar.

Overall, 27 batsmen have achieved this feat.

Among these 27 batsmen, Afridi has the best strike rate (116.86), and the poorest average (23.58).

Two number of players who’ve completed the double of 8000 runs and 300 wickets in ODIs. Apart from Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya is the only one to achieve this feat.

According to stats 44.1 wicketless overs for Afridi, before he finally dismissed Shaiman Anwar with the first ball of his ninth over today.

Before today’s match, he had three wicketless games in the World Cup, against India, West Indies and Zimbabwe (0 for 151 in 28 overs).

Number of Pakistan batsmen who’ve been dismissed in the 90s in World Cup matches. Apart from Ahmed Shehzad, who scored 93 today, Zaheer Abbas is the only batsman, though he got out in the 90s twice – for 97 against Sri Lanka in 1975, and for 93 against West Indies in 1979.

Pakistan openers who’ve scored more than 93 in a World Cup game.

The only ones are Saeed Anwar, Rameez Raja (three times each), Aamer Sohail (twice), and Imran Nazir. All nine times they passed 90, they went on to score a century, with Nazir’s 160 against Zimbabwe in 2007 being the highest of the lot.

Pakistan’s average opening stand in their last eight ODIs are: 10, 1, 0, 11, 111, 0, 0, 3.