Test Cricket: Pakistan was the seventh country to get the status of an ICC Test member in 1952. They played their very first red-ball game against the arch-rivals India on October 16, 1952, and registered their first ever in the same series in the next match on October 25, 1952. Since then, Pakistan have been among the top Test playing nations. They are one of the competitive red-ball teams and have produced some of the greats of the game.
So far, the Men in Green have played over 400 red-ball games. And with such a rich history in this format, they have seen both ups and downs. Pakistan has recorded the fifth highest (765/6d) total in Test cricket. But there are times when they get bowled out cheaply. So in this article, we will cover the lowest innings total for Pakistan in test cricket.
3. Pakistan (59 all out) against Australia at Sharjah
One of the worst matches in Pakistan’s cricket history came against Australia at Sharjah in 2002, when Australia toured Pakistan. It was the second test match of the three-match series. Australia had already won the first match and were leading by 1-0 going into this game. Notbaly, Pakistan registered their second and third lowest innings total in this game only. It was Pakistan who won the toss and chose to bat first. However, they didn’t get a good start and lost both openers by a duck.
Both Imran Nazir and Taufeeq Umar went without scoring a run. That was the start of the disaster, as the rest of the battes also couldn’t do much. Only Abdul Razzaq, who came at No. 3, scored 21 runs, which was the highest. The next highest score was 14, which came as an extra. None of the other batters crossed the 10-run mark, and the whole team got all out for 59 runs in the first innings. With this, Pakistan registered their third-lowest total.
2. Pakistan (53 all out) against Australia at Sharjah
This was the third lowest score in Test for Pakistan in the first innings of the second test at Sharjah against Australia. They were bowled out for 59 runs in the first innings. In reply, Australia batted decently and scored 310 runs. Mathew Hayden was the top scorer, who made a brilliant century. He scored 119 runs and took the lead with a score of 251 in the first innings.
Trailing by 251 runs, Pakistan had the worst performance in the second innings. As a result, Pakistan went all out for their second lowest ever inning total. The whole team was all out for 53 runs in the second innings. Thus, Australia won that match by an innings and 198 runs. It was one of the worst games in the history of Pakistan cricket.
1. Pakistan (49 all out) against South Africa (Pakistan’s lowest in test cricket)
It was the first Test match of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, at Johannesburg. After winning the toss, South Africa chose to bat first. Batting first, the Proteas scored 253 runs in their first innings. Jacques Kallis was the top scorer with 50 runs. In reply, Pakistan had a horrible performance. They got all out for just 49 runs, and only two batters crossed the 10-run mark.
South Africa got a lead of 204 runs. With this, the Proteas declared their second innings at 275/3 and gave Pakistan a target of 479 runs to win. It was a big target at any time of day. And that just happened. Pakistan got all out for 268 runs and lost the match by 211 runs.
List of Lowest Test Score of Pakistan
|49||29.1||2||South Africa||Johannesburg||1 Feb 2013|
|53||24.5||3||Australia||Sharjah||11 Oct 2002|
|59||31.5||1||Australia||Sharjah||11 Oct 2002|
|62||21.2||2||Australia||Perth||13 Nov 1981|
|72||39.3||1||England||Birmingham||6 Aug 2010|
|72||31.3||4||Australia||Perth||16 Dec 2004|
|74||33.0||2||England||Lord’s||26 Aug 2010|
|77||44.5||3||West Indies||Lahore||7 Nov 1986|
|80||29.0||4||England||Nottingham||29 Jul 2010|
|81||34.4||4||West Indies||Bridgetown||30 Apr 2017|