Cricket

The numbers: Pakistan's opening problems

2016-07-26 12:24
Mohammad Hafeez (Getty Images)

Manchester - Poor starts have been a problem for Pakistan in their ongoing four-Test series in England, which now stands at 1-1 after the hosts' 330-run win in the second match at Old Trafford on Monday.

But Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood are not the first Pakistan opening pair to struggle in English conditions.

Indeed you have to go back to 1996 for the last time a Pakistan first-wicket duo put on a fifty stand in a Test against England in England.

Below is a look back at that lengthy list of short-lived opening stands by Pakistan against England in England (batsmen, stand, innings of match, venue, year):

Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood - 27 in the 2nd innings at Old Trafford 2016

Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood - 7 in 4th innings at Old Trafford 2016

Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood - 38 in 1st innings at Lord's 2016

Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood - 2  in 3rd innings at Lord's 2016

Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed - 9 in 2nd innings at Lord's 2010

Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed - 7 in 3rd innings at Lord's 2010

Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed - 48 in 2nd innings at The Oval 2010

Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed - 5 in 4th innings at The Oval 2010

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 8 in 1st innings at Edgbaston 2010

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 1 in 3rd innings at Edgbaston 2010

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 5 in 2nd innings at Trent Bridge 2010

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 10 in 4th innings at Trent Bridge 2010

Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez - 35* in 2nd innings at The Oval 2006

Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar - 34 in 2nd innings at Headingley 2006

Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar - 23 in 4th innings at Headingley 2006

Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal - 4 in 1st innings at Old Trafford 2006

Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal - 21 in 3rd innings at Old Trafford 2006

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 28 in 2nd innings at Lord's 2006

Imran Farhat, Salman Butt - 0 in 4th innings at Lord's 2006

Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Anwar - 6 in 1st innings at Old Trafford 2001

Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Anwar - 24 in 3rd innings at Old Trafford 2001

Saeed Anwar, Saleem Elahi - 4 in 2nd innings at Lord's 2001

Saeed Anwar, Saleem Elahi - 2 in 3rd innings at Lord's 2001

Aamer Sohail, Saeed Anwar - 106 in 2nd innings at The Oval 1996

* = Hafeez retired hurt before resuming his innings, first wicket fell at 70 - number three Younis Khan.

Source: Investec Cricket/Opta

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