England won the series 1-0 with 2 rain-ruined draws.
This was their first series win against Pakistan since 2010. A summary of series since then:
2010: Eng won 3-1
2011-12: Pak won 3-0 in UAE
2015-16: Pak won 2-0 in UAE
2016: Drawn 1-1
2018: Drawn 1-1
2020: Eng won 1-0
Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:
And this was the WTC points table after the series:
We now look at individual records, starting with
Most runs (1000 or more):
Root and Azhar are the only current players here, while recent retiree Cook heads the table.
Mohammad Yousuf has the most centuries (6), followed by Cook and Inzamam with 5.
Inzamam has the most 50+ scores with 15, followed by Mushtaq Mohammad with 14.
Highest innings scores (175 and above):
The only such instance in this series was 267 by Crawley, which was his maiden century. It is the second highest for Eng vs Pak, after Compton’s 278 in 1954.
It ranks high among the highest maiden centuries:
It is 7th on the all-time list and second for England, surpassed only by RE Foster’s 287 in 1903-04.
Then we come to Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):
Among current and near-current players we have Root near the top, followed by Cook, Asad Shafiq, and Azhar Ali. Even Anderson finds a place here.
Finally, there are Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, all cases):
Some of the earlier players do not have full data for balls played. But there is no dispute about Pietersen’s position here, followed by Root and Inzamam. Asad Shafiq and Bairstow are next among current players.
I normally do not cover partnerships, but this time 5th wicket partnerships are covered:
Highest 5th wicket partnerships (250 and above):
The 5th wicket partnership of Buttler and Crawley (359) in the 3rd Test was the highest by England against all teams, surpassing the 254 by Fletcher and Greig in 1972-73. It is also the 5th in 5th-wicket partnerships in all Tests.
It is also a part of the World Test Championship, where both sides need the 120 points (60 per Test):
The previous history of Tests between these teams is very one-sided, with Pakistan winning 9 of the 10 Tests with one draw. However Bangladesh has shown some improvement in Tests since the teams last met in 2015. They had come close to winning at Multan in 2003 before Inzamam earned Pakistan an one-wicket victory.
It seems unlikely that there will be any bilateral series between India and Pakistan for quite some time. It has already been decided that India will not play Pakistan in the group stages of the World Test Championship.
So this seems to be a good time to look back at the records of ODIs between India and Pakistan (not just in the World Cup).
Of a total of 132 ODIs between the sides, India has won 55, Pakistan 73, no ties and No Result 4.
In India: 30 matches; Ind 11, Pak 19.
In Pakistan: 27 matches; Ind 11, Pak 14, NR 2.
In Neutral venues: 75 matches; Ind 33, Pak 40, NR 2.
Looking at individual figures:
500 or more runs:
Headed by the older players who had more opportunities to play these matches. Among current players there is Shoaib Malik (1782) and MS Dhoni (1231).
The most centuries are 5 by Tendulkar, followed by 4 by several others.
The most 50+ scores are also led by Tendulkar with 21. Next is 16 by Inzamam and Dravid.
Highest innings: 110 and more:
Saeed Anwar’s 194 was a record in all ODIs for several years. The highest score in recent years is RG Sharma’s 140 in the current World Cup.
Highest Averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):
A number of current players such as Kohli are not here as they have not played 20 innings. Dhoni and Shoaib Malik have the highest averages among current players.
Highest Strike Rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00 and above):
Shahid Afridi and Sehwag lead as one would expect. Kohli, Dhoni and RG Sharma have the highest strike rates among current players.
There have only been 15 1-wicket victories, and none between 1923 and 1951 and then between 1951 and 1980.
Here is a list of all 1-wicket and 2-wicket victories as on 16 Aug 2021:
1) The first instance was in the Eng v Aus Test starting at the Oval on 11/08/1902, when England won.
The last wicket partnership was of 15 runs from 248/9 to 263/9 by GH Hirst (58) and W Rhodes (6). The story goes that they planned to get the runs in singles, but they did not have to do this.
2) SA v Eng at Johannesburg starting on 02/01/1906, won by SA. Partnership of 48 from 239 to 287 by AW Nourse (93) and captain/keeper PW Sherwell (22).
3) Aus v Eng at Melbourne starting on 01/01/1908, won by Eng. Partnership of 39 from 243 to 282 by SF Barnes (38) and A Fielder (18).
4) SA v Eng at Cape Town starting on 01/01/1923, won by Eng. Partnership of 5 from 168 to 173 by AS Kennedy (11) and GG Macaulay (1).
5) Aus v WI at Melbourne starting on 31/12/1951, won by Aus. Partnership of 38 from 222 to 260 by DT Ring (32) and WA Johnston (7).
6) NZ v WI at Dunedin starting on 08/02/1980, won by NZ. Partnership of 4 from 100 to 104 by GB Troup (7) and SL Boock (2).
7) Pak v Aus at Karachi starting on 28/09/1994, won by Pak. Partnership of 57 from 258 to 315 by Inzamam-ul-Haq (58) and Mushtaq Ahmed (20).
8) WI v Aus at Bridgetown starting on 26/03/1999, won by WI. Partnership of 9 from 302 to 311 by BC Lara (153) and CA Walsh (0).
9) WI v Pak at St John’s starting on 25/05/2000, won by WI. Partnership of 19 from 197 to 216 by JC Adams (48) and CA Walsh (4).
10) Pak v BD at Multan starting on 03/09/2003, won by Pak. Partnership of 5 from 257 to 262 by Inzamam-ul-Haq (138) and Yasir Ali (1).
11) SL v SA at Colombo (PSS) starting on 04/08/2006, won by SL. Partnership of 2 from 350 to 352 by MF Mahroof (29) and SL Malinga (1).
12) Ind v Aus at Mohali starting on 01/10/2010, won by Ind. Partnership of 11 from 205 to 216 by VVS Laxman (73) and PP Ojha (5).
13) SA v SL at Durban starting on 13/02/2019, won by SL. Partnership of 78 from 226 to 304 by MDKJ Perera (153) and MVT Fernando (6).
14) Eng v Aus at Leeds starting on 22/08/2019, won by Eng. Partnership of 76 from 286 to 362 by BA Stokes (135) and MJ Leach (1).
15) WI v Pak at Kingston starting on 12/08/2021, won by WI. Partnership of 17 between Roach (30) and Seales (2). Seales had earlier taken his first five-for.
Scorecards of the first match in 1902 and the last match in 2021 are here and here.
We now look at the 17 Tests which ended in a two-wicket victory.
One of them was actually an one-wicket victory as one batsman had retired hurt and probably would not have batted. This was at Dunedin where NZ had pulled off an improbable win in 1980 (see No 6 above).
The 1985 match was NZ v Pak at Dunedin starting on 09/02/1985, won by NZ. The 9th wicket partnership (effectively the last wicket) put on 50 from 228/8 to 278/8 by JV Coney (111) and EJ Chatfield (21). Earlier BL Cairns (0) had retired hurt at 217/7 and the 8th wicket fell at 228.
Coming back to the list of 14 1-wicket victories:
The Feb 2019 match saw the highest winning 10th wicket partnership of 78 in Tests as well as in all first-class cricket. The previous Test record was 57 by Pakistan in 1994.
Later in Aug 2019 we had the second highest winning 10th wicket partnership of 76.
The highest scores in these partnership were 153 by Lara as well as Perera, followed by Inzaman’s 138 and Stokes’s 135.
The lowest scores by the no 11 batsman include 0 by Walsh in 1999, 1 by Leach in 2019 and several other single-figure scores. Walsh did slightly better in 2000 scoring 4.
Leach made his single run only towards the end of the partnership, which ensured the match would at least be tied when England’s score reached 358.
The highest score by a No 11 in these matches was 22 by Sherwell in 1906.
Yasir Ali was playing in his only Test.
Inzamam and Walsh are the only ones to appear twice in these partnerships.
The highest total here is 362 by England in 2019, and the lowest 104 by NZ in 1980.
That was an eventful match which saw DL Haynes scoring 55 and 105, being the only opener in all Tests to be last out in both innings. It ultimately led to New Zealand winning a series against West Indies. This was the first time they had won any Test series at home. They had earlier won only against Pakistan in Pakistan in 1969-70.
The August 2019 win by England also involved one of the lowest first-innings totals by a winning side (and the lowest such total since 1887):
While Bangladesh has made good progress in limited-over cricket in recent years, the just-concluded Test at Mirpur is historic. To understand this clearly, we look at the the team’s 8 Test victories:
This is their first victory against a full-strength “regular” team, not a fellow minnow such as Zimbabwe-even if it was a 3-0 sweep as in 2014.
And we don’t count the two wins against a West Indies third XI which included many debutants who (apart from Kemar Roach) vanished without a trace. The stand-in captain Floyd Reifer witnessed clean-sweep losses in the Test as well as the ODI series. In the course of the series he talked about his team improving. A journalist asked him, “Have you been smoking something that sounds like your name?”
(Those familiar with American crime novels would know that “reefer” is one of the numerous synonyms for marijuana).