Yasir Shah's second innings effort of 7 for 94 was the second best Test bowling performance by a Pakistani against West Indies. © AFP

Yasir Shah’s second innings effort of 7 for 94 was the second best Test bowling performance by a Pakistani against West Indies. © AFP

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.

Score Opposition Ground Match Date
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.

Team Score Opposition Ground Start Date
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.

Player Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Ground Match Date
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
Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 3
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.

Player 100 90s Conversion %
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
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 10 5 66.7
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.

Player 100s 90s Conversion %
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