4 – The number of runs by which New Zealand won the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi making it the fifth narrowest win by runs in Test history. Chasing 176, Pakistan were bowled out for 171 giving the Kiwis a four-run victory. There have been only four wins by a margin smaller than it – by England (3 runs) against Australia in Melbourne in 1982, Australia (3 runs) against England in Manchester in 1902, England (2 runs) against Australia in Birmingham in 2005 and the Windies (1 run) against Australia in Adelaide in 1993.
Four is also the number of times New Zealand have defeated Pakistan in an away Test. This was NZ’s successive win in UAE after having beaten Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014. The Kiwis have also won two Tests in Lahore in 1996 and 1969.
2 – The number of times New Zealand have defended a target below 200 in Tests. 176 is the second smallest target they have successfully defended after 137 against New Zealand in Wellington in 1978. The Kiwis have lost 54 matches and drawn 5 while defending sub-200 totals in Tests.
Ajaz Patel took seven wickets on his debut ©AFP
Two is also the number of New Zealand bowlers with better match figures on Test debut than Ajaz Patel’s 7 wickets for 123 runs (five of them coming in the fourth innings). Only Colin de Grandhomme (7-64 against Pakistan in Christchurch in 2016) and Mark Craig (8-188 against the Windies in Kingston in 2014) have registered better figures than Patel on Test debut.
5 – The number of times Pakistan have lost while chasing a sub-200 target in Tests in the last ten years. Apart from failing to chase 176 against the Kiwis in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan have lost fours Tests chasing 136 against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and 188 against Windies in Barbados last year, 176 against Australia in Sydney in 2010 and 168 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2009. No other team has lost more than two games while chasing sub-200 targets in that period.
0 – The number of runs added by Pakistan’s tail in the fourth innings. It was first time in Tests that Pakistan’s number 8-11 failed to add a single run when chasing a target. While Bilal Asif, Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah bagged ducks, Abbas remained not out on naught. It was only 5th time in Test history that a team’s last four batsmen didn’t score a run in a chase.
5.33 – Asad Shafiq’s batting average against Neil Wagner. The New Zealand pacer has dismissed him three times for 16 runs at an average of 5.33. Shafiq was undone by Wagner in the fourth innings in Abu Dhabi. The dismissal triggered a collapse as Pakistan lost seven wickets for 41 runs.
11 – The number of Pakistan batsmen to have 4000 runs in Tests. Shafiq became the latest to join the club. He took 108 innings to reach the milestone making himself the third slowest to 4000 runs after Salim Malik (110) and Muddassir Nazar (111). The fastest Pakistan batsman to 4000 runs is Javed Miandad (84 innings)
14 – The number of years after which two Pakistan bowlers grabbed a five-wicket haul in a Test innings. Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah both accounted for 5 wickets in the second innings. The previous such incident came at the hands of Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria in Melbourne in 2014. Incidentally, Pakistan lost both Tests.
Mohammad Abbas went wicketless in the second innings against NZ ©AFP
20 – The number of innings after which Mohammad Abbas went wicketless. Abbas failed to take a wicket in the second innings which was first time in his career that he came to bowl but didn’t remove any batsman. His sequence of 20 consecutive innings with a wicket was a new Pakistan record breaking Abdur Rehman’s streak of 19 successive innings.
1 – The number of times a team has lost the Test after batting first or after winning the toss in Abu Dhabi. South Africa opted to bat against Pakistan in 2013 and lost the match. That remains the only game in 12 Tests in Abu Dhabi in which the team batting second won the match.