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Pakistan vs South Africa: 1st Test at Dubai – Statistical Highlights

- Dubai International Stadium became the 101st ground to host a test match. It became the second ground after Sharjah to host a test match in United Arab Emirates.

 

- Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan in this test. He became the 29th captain to lead Pakistan in tests.

 

- Pakistan capped Adnan Akmal for this test. He became the 200th cricketer to represent Pakistan in tests. He became the ninth Pakistan cricketer to make his test debut against South Africa.

 

- Adnan Akmal became the 18th wicket keeper batsman to represent Pakistan in tests. He became the first Pakistan wicket keeper to make his debut against South Africa in tests.

 

- Adnan Akmal became the 16th cricketer to make his debut in a test played at a neutral venue. He is the fourth Pakistan cricketer to make his debut at a neutral venue. Others are – Naved Latif vs West Indies at Sharjah in Jan 2002, Azhar Ali vs Australia at Lord's in Jul 2010 and Umar Amin vs Australia at Lord's in Jul 2010.

 

- Three or more brothers playing for a country is a rarity in test cricket. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal joined the elite list of three or more brothers playing tests for a country. The complete list read thus – GS, IM and TM Chappell (Aus) : EM, GF and WG Grace (Eng) : A (Eng), F (Eng and RSA) and GG Hearne (Eng) : Manzoor, Zahoor and Saleem Elahi (Pak) : Adnan, Kamran and Umar Akmal (Pak) : A, D and S Ranatunga (SL) : AB, LJ and VM Tancred (RSA) and Hanif, Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir Mohammmad {Pakistan}.

 

- Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal joined the elite list of three or more brothers from Pakistan playing tests. The other two are - Hanif, Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir Mohammmad and Manzoor, Zahoor and Saleem Elahi.

 

- GC Smith scored 100 in this test which gave him the record of most hundreds by a captain. This knock was his 20th hundred and he wrested the record from RT Ponting of Australia who has scored 19 hundreds.

 

- GC Smith's 100 in this test represents his 22nd hundred as opening batsman and he is on par with G Boycott who has scored 22 hundreds as an opening batsman for England. Only SM Gavaskar of India {33} and ML Hayden {30} have scored more hundreds than GC Smith and G Boycott as opening batsmen.

 

- GC Smith's 100 in this test gave his 50th fifty – {22C plus 28HC}. He became the 40th batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 50 fifties. He became the third South African batsman to score 50 fifties. Others are – JH Kallis {89} and G Kirsten {59}.

 

- AN Petersen with his 67 in this test scored his second half century and third fifty. HM Amla's 80 represent his 17th test half century and 27th fifty. JH Kallis' 73 represent his 54th half century and 89th fifty.

 

- GC Smith {100}, AN Petersen {67}, HM Amla {80} and JH Kallis {73} scored fifties in South Africa's innings providing the 60th occasion of first four batsmen scoring fifties in a test innings. It also provides the seventh occasion of South African batsmen performing such a feat in a test innings.

 

- GC Smith and AN Petersen added 153 runs for the first wicket providing the 16th occasion of South African batsmen posting a three wicket partnership against Pakistan. This stand provides the fourth occasion of South African batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the first wicket against Pakistan.

 

- HM Amla and JH Kallis added 117 runs for the third wicket providing the 17th occasion of South African batsmen posting a three wicket partnership against Pakistan. This stand provides the fourth occasion of South African batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket against Pakistan.

 

- Mohammad Hafeez and Tafiq Umar added 105 runs for the first wicket providing the 13th occasion of Pakistan batsmen posting a three figure partnership against South Africa. It also represents the fifth occasion of such a partnership for the first wicket.

 

- M Morkel captured 5 for 54 in the first innings providing the 225th occasion of a South African bowler capturing five or more wickets against various oppositions. It also represents the 13th occasion of a South African bowler capturing five or more wickets against Pakistan.

 

- HM Amla and JH Kallis added 242 runs in an unfinished stand for the third wicket providing the 18th occasion of South African batsmen posting a three wicket partnership against Pakistan. This stand provides the fifth occasion of South African batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket against Pakistan.

 

- Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq added 186 runs in an unfinished stand for the fourth wicket providing the 14th occasion of Pakistan batsmen posting a three figure partnership against South Africa. It also represents the first occasion of such a partnership for the first wicket and as such the record stand for the fourth wicket. The previous best was the 93 run stand between Asif Mujtaba and Inzamam-ul-Haq at Johannesburg in Jan 1955.

 

- Umar Gul {3 for 100} and Abdur Rehman {3 for 101} conceded 100 plus runs in the first innings of this test to provide the 20th and 21st occasion of Pakistan bowlers conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against South Africa.

- Abdur Rehman {1 for 105} and Saeed Ajmal {1 for 102} conceded 100 plus runs in the second innings of this test to provide the 21st and 22nd occasion of Pakistan bowlers conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against South Africa.

 

- Abdur Rehman has conceded 100 plus runs on five occasions in a test innings which include the two occasions in this test. He became the only Pakistan bowler to concede 100 plus runs on five occasions against South Africa. Danish Kaneria and Saqlain Mushtaq has conceded 100 plus runs against South Africa on five occasions.

 

- Abdur Rehman conceded 100 plus runs in both innings of this test – 3 for 101 and 1 for 105. This is the second occasion that he has conceded 100 plus runs in both innings of a test against South Africa. The other occasion was at Karachi in Oct 2007 when he had returned with figures of 4 for 105 and 4 for 105 in the first and second innings respectively.

 

- Abdur Rehman remains the only Pakistan bowler to concede 100 plus runs in both innings of the test against South Africa on two occasions.

 

- MV Boucher extended his total dismissals to 507 {483 catches and 22 stumpings} with his three dismissals in this test. His aggregate of dismissals against Pakistan at the end of this test stands at 55 {48 catches and 07 stumpings}.

 

- Mohammad Hafeez scored 60 in the first innings of this test which represents his fourth test half century and sixth fifty.

 

- Azar Ali scored twin fifties in this test – 56 and 63 - which represents his third and fourth fifty of his test career.

 

- Azhar Ali became the sixth Pakistan batsman to score fifties in both innings of a test match against South Africa.

 

- Younis Khan scored 131 not out in the second innings of this test which represents his 17th test century and 38th fifty.

 

- Younis Khan's 131 not out represent the eleventh hundred scored by a Pakistan batsman against South Africa. It also represents his third hundred against South Africa. The other two hundreds are – 126 at Karachi in Oct 2007 and 130 at Lahore in Oct 2007. Thus his 131 not out represents his highest score against South Africa.

 

- Younis Khan became the second Pakistan batsman to score three hundreds against South Arica, the first being Azhar Mahmood {128* at Rawalpindi in Oct 97, 136 at Jo'burg in Feb 98 and 132 at Durban in Feb 98}.

 

- J Botha conceded 138 runs {1 for 138} in South Africa's second innings providing the fifth occasion of a  South African bowler conceding 100 plus runs against Pakistan. He now holds the record for most expensive bowling figures in terms of runs conceded by a South African bowler against Pakistan. The previous record was held by PL Symcox who had figures of 2 for 130 at Rawalpindi in Oct 1997.

 

- HM Amla {118 not out} and JH Kallis {135 not out} scored hundreds in South Africa's second innings providing the 14th and 15th occasion of a South African batsman scoring a hundred against Pakistan.

 

- Misbah-ul-Haq scored 73 not out on his captaincy debut {in Paksitan's second innings} providing the sixth occasion of a Pakistan captain scoring a fifty in his first captaincy appearance. The other six are – Asif Iqbal – 55 vs India at Bangalore in Nov 1979, Imran Khan – 22 and 65 vs England at Birmingham in Jul 1982, Imtiaz Ahmed – 18 and 54 vs Australia at Lahore in Nov 1989, Rameez Raja – 78 vs Sri Lanka at Peshawar in Sep 1985 and Shoiab Malik – 73 and 30 vs South Africa at Karachi in Dec 1983
Misbah-ul-Huq became the second Pakistan captain to score a fifty on his first outing as captain against South Africa, the first being Shoiab Malik – 73 and 30 vs South Africa at Karachi in Dec 1983.

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