Pakistan’s batting lineup suffered a major batting collapse, thanks to off-spinner Nathan Lyon. The hosts lost four wickets in just 6 balls. They went from 1 for 57 to 5 for 57 in a matter of minutes. Their first innings was in shambles until opener Fakhar Zaman put on a partnership with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. But it wasn’t that which amounted to them creating a strange record, it happened when the duo departed.
No matter how much Zaman wanted to have a dream debut carrying the team on his back and scoring a hundred, he got out for 94, that too to a part-time bowler. Ahmed was on his way to a hundred as well — his best innings while rescuing the team. But, he got out for 94 too.
This is the first time two batsmen have got out at 94 in a single Test inning. The rare feat achieved by the Pakistani batsmen happened after they played 2,321 Tests in 141 years.
To top the achievement, the rest of the Pakistani batsmen (including extras) scored 94 runs. Fascinating, isn’t it?
Both the batsmen tried to smack the part-timer Marcus Labuschagne but fell short of the century by 6 runs. This happened to the batsmen who endured Lyon in his rampant bowling spell in which he sent three batsmen out for a duck.
Well, whoever says that Test cricket is dying a slow death should look at the 2nd Test’s scorecard and stop because statistics don’t lie!