On the opening day of the first Afghanistan – Ireland Test at the new Test venue Dehradun, Ireland’s last pair of GH Dockrell and TJ Murtagh took Ireland from 85/9 to 172. They contributed 39 (No 8) and 54* (No 11) respectively.
First we look at :
High Scores at No 11:
Only 19 such instances. Murtagh is 11th in this list.
He also figures in this list in Cricinfo’s records section:
When No 11 was top scorer of the innings:
There have been only 11 such instances, 6 of them after 2000.
Murtagh has the third highest score here, after Agar and Vogler.
The partnership which lasted from 85/9 to 172 is one of the few instances where a team’s score was doubled after the 9th wicket fell.
There are only 5 such instances, and 4 of them were after 2010. More about this later.
We also add a table of the Highest 10th-wicket partnerships (85 and above):
Dockrell and Murtagh just manage to enter here.
The highest partnership involving No 10 and 11 appears to be the 128 by Higgs (63) and Snow (59*) in 1966.