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World Records Set in Rawalpindi Test by Pakistan and England

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch was flat during the first Test match between Pakistan and England. Batters from both sides have been able to register a countless number of records on this lifeless pitch, which has been dubbed a batting paradise.

On the third day of the match, yet another record was set as Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique, the Pakistan openers, had a 200-run partnership between them, which was yet another record. The opening pairs of both teams scored a partnership of more than 200 runs during this Test match, which was the first time such a partnership had been achieved in Test cricket.

There were 233 runs between Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, England’s openers in their first innings in the first Test match of the series. 225 runs were added to this stand by Abdullah and Imam in the following innings.

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In the first day of the match, both England openers took the attack to the Pakistani bowling unit, as both scored scintillating centuries to put their team in total control of the match. As a result of their first innings score, England managed to score 657 runs.

It was evident that Pakistan had a huge mountain to climb in the first innings, relying heavily on their openers to replicate the performance of England’s openers. In addition to Imam’s century, Abdullah also scored a beautiful century to keep Pakistan in the hunt.

All four openers in the match scored centuries in this game, a rare occurrence in the history of Test cricket. In addition, this was the first time in history that four centuries came from openers in the first two innings of a match and this was a first in history as well.

With the nature of the pitch refusing to change over the three days, it is likely that the match will end in a dull draw, but there is still a lot of opportunities for the batters to create more Test records.


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