Boring boring boring were the words uttering from every single cricket fan especially from English and Pakistani fans for the first four days of the AbuDhabi test as 1,121 runs in the first two innings were scored, Malik (245) and Cook (263) scored double tons.
But things changed on the morning of the 5th day of the test match England decided to declare the innings with a lead of 75 runs, Pakistan came on to bat and who would have imagined that the Pakistani batting will fold for 173 runs with a lead of just 98 runs thanks to Adil Rashid’s 5 wicket haul giving England a T20 style run-chase but due to bad light the day was called off when England was 74/4. It was a crazy fifth day as 15 Wickets fell for 276 runs.
- Younis has gone passed Miandad to become the leading run scorer for Pakistan in Tests.
- Cook’s double ton which lasted 836 minutes is the longest by an Englishman, breaking Len Hutton’s 797 minute stay against Australia at The Oval in 1938.
- 8 Test centuries by Cook in Asia equal the most by any overseas batsman. Jacques Kallis also made eight hundreds in Asia.
- Malik’s 245 is the highest by a batsman in one inns of a Test with a 0 in the other.