In Numbers: Australia salvage rare draw in Asia

October 11 2018 by Deepu Narayanan

139.5 overs batted by Australia is the fourth innings is the third most by a side batting in the fourth innings of a Test in Asia to salvage a draw. It also happens to be the most overs batted out by Australia in the fourth innings to save an away Test. The previous most they batted was 109 against England at Lord's in 1975.

Most overs batted in the 4th innings to draw a Test in Asia

Team Score Overs Target Against Venue Season
Bangladesh 285/5 142 374 Zim Dhaka 2004/05
England 285/7 140 368 SL Kandy 2003/04
Australia 362/8 139.5 462 Pak Dubai (DSC) 2018/19
India 325/3 136 431 WI Kolkata 1948/49
New Zealand 251/7 135 374 Ind Mohali 1999/00
England 206/3 134 317 Ind Mumbai (BS) 1963/64
Sri Lanka 391/4 134 492 Pak Colombo (SSC) 2009

1 previous instance of Australia batting 100-plus overs in the fourth innings of a Test in Asia. The batted 107 overs against Bangladesh in Fatullah in 2006 successfully chasing down 307.

362 for eight is the second highest fourth innings total by a visiting team in Asia after 397 by New Zealand against Sri Lanka in Colombo SSC in 2009. It is also the highest in the fourth innings of a Test hosted by UAE, surpassing 343 for 3 by Pakistan against South Africa at the same venue in 2010.

3 There have been only three previous instances of Pakistan earning a higher first innings lead and not ending up winning the Test. The instances were: a lead of 476 against England at the Oval in 1987, 314 against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and 296 against Bangladesh in Khulna in 2015. As far as Australia is concerned, the only time they conceded a higher first innings lead and earned a draw came in the rain-affected Edgbaston Test in 1902 (370 run lead).

22 Tests since Pakistan last featured in a drawn Test, the last being against England in Abu Dhabi in 2015. This is the joint third most streak by a team without a stalemate after Zimbabwe's 26 Tests between 2005 and 2017 and Australia's 23 between 1999 and 2001. It is also the first drawn result in Tests between Pakistan and Australia in 20 years and in as many Tests since October 1998.

141 by Usman Khawaja is the highest individual score by a visiting batsman in the fourth innings in Tests in Asian conditions. Overall, Khawaja is the fifth Australian batsman to score a fourth innings century in Asia after Bob Simpson, Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting and David Warner.

Highest scores by visiting batsmen in 4th innings in Asia

Player Runs Mins Balls For Against Venue Season Result
U Khawaja 141 524 302 Aus Pak Dubai (DSC) 2018/19 Draw
D Vettori 140 258 189 NZ SL Colombo (SSC) 2009 Lost
R Ponting 118* 367 253 Aus Ban Fatullah 2006 Won
Darren Bravo 116 406 249 WI Pak Dubai (DSC) 2016/17 Lost
Bob Simpson 115 200 - Aus Pak Karachi 1964/65 Draw
J Trott 112 336 266 Eng SL Galle 2011/12 Lost
D Warner 112 164 135 Aus Ban Dhaka 2017 Lost

524 minutes batted by Khawaja in his knock of 302-ball 141 - the second most in the fourth essay of a Test match after Michael Atherton Johannesburg epic in 1995 where he survived 643 minutes without getting dismissed. The 767 minutes Khawaja batted in the Test is the joint second most for Australia in a Test after 938 minutes by Mark Taylor against Pakistan in Peshawar in 1998 while Bob Simpson also batted 767 minutes against England in Manchester in 1964 Ashes.

194 balls faced by Tim Paine is the fourth most by a player batting at seven or below in the fourth innings of a drawn Test. The English trio of Alan Knott (260 balls), Jack Russell (235) and Ian Bell (213) are the only ones to face more.

222 Balls bowled by Bilal Asif is the most by any debutant after taking five-for in the first innings. England's Ken Shuttleworth (216) and Adil Rashid (204) bowled 200-plus deliveries in the wicketless first innings of their debut Test before taking a five-fer in the second. Earlier in the match, Asif took 6 for 36 which is the third best figures of debut for a Pakistan bowler.

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