Pakistan's misfortunes since MisYou's farewell
by Bharath SeerviStats sub-editor, ESPNcricinfo CloseFollow on Twitter · 2 months ago
Williamson's 228 runs were the most by a New Zealand batsman in a Test against Pakistan1984- The last time New Zealand won a Test series in Asia (excluding in Bangladesh). It came in Sri Lanka 34 years ago. Since then they have played 18 series in Asia against India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka without winning any of them. The only previous occasion when New Zealand defeated Pakistan in Asia was in 1969-70.2- Number of series defeats for Pakistan in UAE since they started playing their home games there. Both of them have come in about the last 15 months and both since their ace duo Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq retired. Before these defeats, they were unbeaten in nine Test series in UAE.
4- Number of Tests lost by Pakistan in UAE since Misbah and Younis retired, in seven matches. They lost two to Sri Lanka and two to New Zealand this series. Before their retirement, Pakistan had lost only four Tests in UAE in 24 matches.
10- Number of times Pakistan have lost when chasing targets between 100 and 300 in the last ten years. In 18 such chases, they have won just four and lost ten of them. No other team has had that many unsuccessful chases. Pakistan's average runs per wicket in chasing those targets just 20.61, the worst among all Test teams.
7/127- William Somerville's figures in the match - the third-best by a New Zealand spinner on Test debut. In the first Test of this series, at the same venue, Ajaz Patel picked 7 for 123 on debut.
228- Runs for Kane Williamson in this Test, the most by a New Zealand captain in a Test against Pakistan. Williamson's tally is also the third-best by a New Zealand captain in Asia.
2.63- The scoring rate in this series, which is the second-lowest in any Test series of 2-plus matches in the last five years. The only series that had a lower run-rate was the Freedom Trophy in India (v South Africa) in 2015-16.
5- Number of Man-of-the-Series awards for Yasir Shah, all coming since 2015 - the most for any player. R Ashwin is next with four such awards. All other Pakistan players combined have managed to win only four series awards in this period.
29- Wickets for Yasir in the series at an average of 19.03. The next highest wicket-takers in the series were Hasan Ali and Ajaz Patel with 13 wickets each. Only one Pakistan bowler has picked more wickets in a three-match series - 30 wickets by Abdul Qadir in 1987-88. Yasir's tally is also the most by a bowler in losing three-match series.