A little over 20 years ago, a team from the subcontinent was chasing 120 in the fourth innings against West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, but was bundled out for 81. A victory in that match would have given India a series win in the Caribbean in 1997.
On Thursday (May 4), at the same venue, another team from the subcontinent suffered a similar fate, with Pakistan bowled out for 81 after being set 188 for victory. Whether this will be series turning is yet to be known, but for now it’s 1-1 with one Test to play.
Lowest innings totals for Pakistan in Test cricket
At one stage, Pakistan had slid to 36 for 7 in their chase, and were in danger of being bowled out for their lowest ever total in Test cricket. However, Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took the score to 78, before the innings ended at 81, their tenth lowest total ever. The table below has the details of Pakistan’s lowest innings totals in Tests.
|49||South Africa||Johannesburg||February 1, 2013|
|53||Australia||Sharjah||October 11, 2002|
|59||Australia||Sharjah||October 11, 2002|
|62||Australia||Perth||November 13, 1981|
|72||England||Birmingham||August 6, 2010|
|72||Australia||Perth||December 16, 2004|
|74||England||Lord’s||August 26, 2010|
|77||West Indies||Lahore||November 7, 1986|
|80||England||Nottingham||July 29, 2010|
|81||West Indies||Bridgetown||April 30, 2017|
Lowest innings totals in the West Indies
This was also the joint sixth-lowest total by any team in the West Indies. The lowest score was made by England, also in a fourth innings chase, when they were all out for 46 after being set 194 at Port of Spain in 1994.
|England||46||West Indies||Port of Spain||March 25, 1994|
|West Indies||47||England||Kingston||March 11, 2004|
|West Indies||51||Australia||Port of Spain||March 5, 1999|
|England||51||West Indies||Kingston||February 4, 2009|
|Zimbabwe||63||West Indies||Port of Spain||March 16, 2000|
|India||81||West Indies||Bridgetown||March 27, 1997|
|Pakistan||81||West Indies||Bridgetown||April 30, 2017|
|Australia||90||West Indies||Port of Spain||March 3, 1978|
Best innings bowling figures in West Indies-Pakistan Tests
Before their fourth-innings collapse, Pakistan had their moments in the match. Yasir Shah, the legspinner, collected a tenth five-wicket innings haul on the way to 7 for 94. It was the second best performance by a Pakistan bowler against West Indies, and fifth overall in Tests between the two teams.
|Colin Croft (WI)||18.5||7||29||8||Port of Spain||March 4, 1977|
|Devendra Bishoo (WI)||13.5||1||49||8||Dubai (DSC)||October 13, 2016|
|Corey Collymore (WI)||27.3||5||78||7||Kingston||June 3, 2005|
|Imran Khan (PAK)||22.4||2||80||7||Georgetown||April 2, 1988|
|Yasir Shah (PAK)||39.5||12||94||7||Bridgetown||April 30, 2017|
Players with two or more scores of 99
In Pakistan’s first innings, Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, was stopped one short of a century for the second consecutive Test. He had been left high and dry on 99 not out in the first Test, this time he was caught at second slip off Jason Holder, his opposite number, for 99. He thus became the first player in Test history with three scores of 99 against his name.
|Player||Scores of 99|
|Mike Atherton (ENG)||2|
|Greg Blewett (AUS)||2|
|Geoff Boycott (ENG)||2|
|Sourav Ganguly (INDIA)||2|
|Simon Katich (AUS)||2|
|Richie Richardson (WI)||2|
|Saleem Malik (PAK)||2|
|Mike Smith (ENG)||2|
|John Wright (NZ)||2|
* Including one occurrence each for Misbah and Boycott being unbeaten on 99.
Worst conversion rate from 90s to 100
Overall, this was Misbah’s fifth score in the nervous nineties, taking his tally to five. He has 10 Test centuries, giving him a conversation percentage of 66.67 after crossing 90. This is among the worst conversion rates, though the top spot belongs to Clem Hill, who had seven centuries but was out in the 90s six times.
|Clem Hill (Australia)||7||6||53.8|
|MS Dhoni (India)||6||5||54.5|
|Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)||7||5||58.3|
|Alvin Kallicharran (West Indies)||12||8||60.0|
|Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)||9||6||60.0|
|Michael Slater (Australia)||14||9||60.9|
|Hashan Tillakaratne (Sri Lanka)||11||5||68.8|
|Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)||14||6||70.0|
|Rohan Kanhai (West Indies)||15||6||71.4|
* Minimum qualification: five scores in the 90s
Best conversation rate from 90s to 100s
Younis Khan, Misbah’s long-time teammate and fellow senior statesman in the Pakistan team, is the polar opposite of his captain in converting 90s to 100s, having missed out only once in 35 occasions. The only two batsmen in Test history with a better conversion rate than Younis are Donald Bradman and Michael Vaughan, who never got dismissed in the 90s.
|Don Bradman (Australia)||29||0||100.0|
|Michael Vaughan (England)||18||0||100.0|
|Younis Khan (Pakistan)||34||1||97.1|
|Greg Chappell (Australia)||24||1||96.0|
|Mohammad Azharuddin (India)||22||1||95.7|
|Wally Hammond (Engand)||22||1||95.7|
|David Warner (Australia)||18||1||94.7|
|Martin Crowe (New Zealand)||17||1||94.4|
|Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka)||16||1||94.1|
|Virat Kohli (India)||16||1||94.1|
* Minimum qualification 15 Test hundreds