Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal – there is no dearth of Pakistani cricketers with some weird records in the international level. Pakistan is always unpredictable and amazing, when it comes to cricket. Here is another story from the past, dating back to 1964.
How often do you watch a team score more than 500 runs in an innings of a test match or a first class match? Not too often, we guess! Naturally, if someone tells you that in an official match, one particular team won by an innings and 851 runs, you will definitely start to think that the person has gone crazy. But, surprisingly enough, that is indeed true!
It was a first class match in Pakistan, played between Pakistan Railways and Dera Ismail Khan. Though this first class tournament is called The Patron’s Trophy now-a-days, back then it was known as Ayub Trophy. The three-day match was played in Lahore’s Railways Moghalpura Institute Ground and it started on 2nd December 1964.
Pakistan Railways won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost their first wicket after scoring 44 runs only but then, they started piling up runs at their own will. They scored 415 runs on the first day, with only two batsmen getting out. Second day was no exception and they ended the day at the score of 825 for 6, with one centurion, one double-centurion and last but not the least, a triple-centurion.
The match was naturally heading towards a draw and on the third day, Railways declared their innings at the score of 910, probably to give their bowlers a go. And the bowlers created history! They grabbed all 20 wickets within that day and the opponents could only score 32 and 27 in the two innings, thereby helping Pakistan Railways win the match by an astounding margin of an innings and 851 runs.
This is probably the most bizarre scorecard you would ever see.
courtesy: Cricinfo Pakistan
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