85.71 – Pakistan’s win percentage in T20Is since ICC World T20 2016, the highest for any team in that period. Following a debacle in the tournament in India, where they lost three out of four games, Pakistan appointed Sarfraz Ahmed as captain in T20Is and since then they have won 24 out of 28 matches. The only four defeats in the last two years have come against Windies, World XI, New Zealand, and Australia.
29 – The number of times Pakistan have bowled out the opposition in T20Is. Australia were dismissed for 89 in 16.5 overs in the first T20I in Abu Dhabi making it the 29th instance at the hands of Pakistan’s bowlers. No other team has bowled out opponents even on 20 occasions Australia and New Zealand have done it 19 times each.
10 – The number of times Pakistan have restricted the opponents for a total of under 100, the most by any team in T20Is. Next is India who have done it eight times.
6 – The number of batsmen that were dismissed ‘bowled’ by Pakistan. It was the first time that Pakistan bowlers took six wickets by hitting the timbers. Overall, it was the sixth instance in T20Is. Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, and Glenn Maxwell were all out bowled making it the first instance in history of T20Is where top 4 batsmen were out bowled.
Six is also the number of wickets taken by Pakistan in the Powerplay. It was just the fifth time in T20Is that a team removed half-a-dozen batsmen in overs 1-6 and the first time by Pakistan. The other teams to have taken 6 or more wickets in the first six overs are Ireland against the Netherlands in Dharamsala in 2016, South Africa against Afghanistan in Bridgetown in 2010, West Indies against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2007 and England against Australia in Southampton in 2005.
43 – The number of innings Aaron Finch had gone without a duck in T20Is. His was the longest streak by an Australian batsman without being dismissed for a naught. It ended when Imad Wasim bowled him in the very first over of the chase in Abu Dhabi. The Australian batsman with most consecutive innings without a duck now is David Warner, who has 38 innings on the trot without a duck.
4 – The number of Pakistan batsmen to score three consecutive 50plus scores in T20Is. Babar Azam, with his 68 not out against Australia and 51 and 97 not out against Windies in Karachi earlier this year, became the fourth from Pakistan after Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez to register three successive fifties. Babar, however, is the only opener among them. Only two batsmen in the world have scored four consecutive fifties in T20Is –Brendon McCullum in 2008-09 and Chris Gayle in 2012.
Four is also the number of player-of-the-match awards bagged by Imad Wasim in T20Is. Since his debut in 2015, no other Pakistan player has got the award on more than four occasions. Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan are the two other players to bag it four times. Even though Imad scored a golden duck, fourth of his short career, his spell of 4-0-20-3, including two wickets in the first over of the chase, was the driving force behind Pakistan’s comfortable win in the first T20I.