Breaking Records: Pakistan Shatters 12-Year-Old World Cup Milestone


Breaking Records: Pakistan Shatters 12-Year-Old World Cup Milestone

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In a sensational World Cup match against Sri Lanka held in Hyderabad, Pakistan scripted a tale of remarkable achievements and historic milestones, as they emerged victorious in a thrilling contest. Here are the standout statistics from this extraordinary encounter:

Highest Chases in World Cup ODIs

345PakistanSri LankaHyderabad10-Oct-23
322BangladeshWest IndiesTaunton17-Jun-19
313Sri LankaZimbabweNew Plymouth23-Feb-92
310Sri LankaEnglandWellington1-Mar-15

Four Hundreds in an ODI

Pakistan vs AustraliaIjaz Ahmed, Mohd Yousuf, A Gilchrist, R PontingLahore10 Nov 1998
India vs AustraliaS Watson, G Bailey, S Dhawan, V KohliNagpur30 Oct 2013
Pakistan vs Sri LankaK Mendis, S Samarawickrama, A Shafique, Mohd RizwanHyderabad10 Oct 2023

Record-Breaking Chase

Pakistan successfully chased down a monumental target of 345, setting a new record for the highest chase in World Cup history. This feat surpassed Ireland’s 328 against England in Bengaluru in 2011 and stands as Pakistan’s second-highest ODI chase, just behind their 349 against Australia in Lahore last year. The previous highest chase against Sri Lanka in an ODI was India’s 321 in Hobart in 2012.

Unprecedented Century Spree

The match witnessed a rare spectacle, with four centuries scored by Kusal Mendis (122), Sadeera Samarawickrama (108), Abdullah Shafique (111), and Mohammad Rizwan (131*). This extraordinary achievement marked only the third instance of four batters scoring centuries in a One Day International (ODI) and the first time it has occurred in a World Cup match.

Centuries Galore

Notably, today’s performance marked the first instance of Pakistan batters scoring centuries in the same World Cup match. In the entire duration of past World Cup tournaments, Pakistan had registered just three individual centuries in the 1987 edition. Since the turn of the century, their century counts were as follows: 0 in 2011, one each in 2003, 2007, and 2015, and two in 2019.

Rizwan’s Record

Mohammad Rizwan’s remarkable unbeaten 131* not only contributed to Pakistan’s win but also established a new record as the highest score by a designated wicketkeeper for Pakistan in all ODIs, surpassing Kamran Akmal’s 124 against West Indies in 2005. This innings also ranks as the second-highest individual score for Pakistan in World Cups, following Imran Nazir’s 160 against Zimbabwe in 2007.

Abdullah Shafique’s World Cup Debut

Abdullah Shafique made a stunning debut in the World Cup, scoring 111, which is the highest individual score by a Pakistan batter on their World Cup debut. Shafique’s innings surpassed Mohsin Khan’s long-standing record of 82 against the same opponent in Swansea in 1983. At the age of 23 years and 324 days, Shafique is the second-youngest Pakistani to score a World Cup century, following Imam-ul-Haq (23 years and 195 days).

Partnership Records

The partnership of 176 runs between Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan marked the second-highest partnership for Pakistan in World Cup matches, following the 194-run opening stand between Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti against New Zealand in the 1999 semifinal.

Run Bonanza

The match’s aggregate of 689 runs ranks as the third-highest ever in World Cups. It trails behind the 754 runs in the South Africa-Sri Lanka contest earlier in the tournament and the 714 runs in the match between Australia and Bangladesh at Trent Bridge in 2019.

Dominance Over Sri Lanka

With this victory, Pakistan extended their World Cup head-to-head record against Sri Lanka to an impressive 8-0, making it the most one-sided affair in the history of the competition. Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka also surpassed India’s 7-0 record against themselves, their opponent for the next fixture.

Fastest Century by Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis played an astonishing innings, taking just 65 balls to score a century. This is the fastest century ever for Sri Lanka, the sixth-fastest in the history of World Cup contests, and the fastest by an Asian batter in World Cup matches. Kumar Sangakkara’s previous record of 70 balls against England in Wellington in 2015 was eclipsed by Mendis.

Bowler’s Struggles

Matheesha Pathirana became the second bowler to concede 90+ runs in a match twice in World Cups. On his debut in the tournament against South Africa in Delhi, he conceded 95 runs in ten overs, followed by 90 runs in nine overs in today’s match. The only other bowler to suffer a similar fate was Kevin O’Brien, who gave away 95 and 90 runs in successive matches in the 2015 edition.

This match will be remembered as a defining moment in Pakistan’s World Cup history, showcasing their resilience, record-breaking performances, and dominance on the cricket field.


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