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Unseen Test day in Pakistan as records shattered in Rawalpindi

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England smashed 506/4 on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, breaking a slew of records in the process.

On their first day of return to Pakistan to play Test cricket after 17 years, England broke several records including the most runs scored on the first day of a Test match. Here are a few records that went for a toss on day one in Rawalpindi.

Most runs on day one of a Test match

England's 506 runs on the first day of the Test match is an all-time record for the most runs scored on day one of a Test match. They beat the 494 runs made by Australia against South Africa in Sydney in the first Test of the series in 1910.

Then, Australia finished on 494/6. Australia also made 482/5 in 86.5 overs in Adelaide against South Africa on day one of the 2012 Test, a scoring rate of 5.57.

England's 506 runs came off a mere 75 overs with 15 overs left unused in the day, a stunning run rate of 6.75 in the day.

Four centurions on day one

Openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett aside, Harry Brook and Ollie Pope too completed hundreds, all but one of them getting to the three-figure mark at a strike rate of more than 100. This is the first time that there have been four centurions on day one of a Test match.

Record-breaking opening stand

Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett smashed an opening stand of 233 in 35.4 overs, a scoring rate of 6.53, making it the highest run rate in an opening partnership of 200 or more runs in Test cricket.

Overall, there have only been three double-century opening partnerships in excess of six runs per over: Joe Burns and David Warner (6.29 runs per over v New Zealand in 2015) and Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers (6.22 runs per over v Zimbabwe in 2005).

Six fours in an over

England's Harry Brook smashed six fours in an over off debutant Saud Shakeel, making it just the fifth instance of a batter hitting six fours in one over of a Test match.

Sandeep Patil v Bob Willis in 1982, Chris Gayle v Matthew Hoggard in 2004, Ramnaresh Sarwan v Munaf Patel in 2006 and Sanath Jayasuriya vs James Anderson in 2007 were the other instances.

 

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