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    Statistical highlights, Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup

    When Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bat first, it was the eighth consecutive time that the toss-winning captain batted first after winning the toss in India-Pakistan games. The Mohammd Hafeez-Nasir Jamshed partnership of 224 runs is Pakistan’s second highest opening partnership in all ODIs, next only to the unbeaten 228-run partnership between Hafeez and Imran Farhat against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2011.The Hafeez-Jamshed partnership is also the second highest opening partnership against India by any side after the 235 run stand between Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs at Kochi in 2000.Hafeez (105) made his fourth ODI hundred in his 98th match – his first against India in fourth attempts.Jamshed (112) made his maiden ODI hundred in his 15th match. His previous highest was 74 against Zimbabwe at Hyderabad in 2008.Hafeez and Jamshed provided the fourth instance of both Pakistan openers scoring a hundred together – the first such instance against India.This was the third instance of two openers scoring hundreds together in a match against India. Geoff Marsh (104) and David Boon (111) for Australia at Jaipur in 1986; and Kirsten (115) and Gibbs (111) for South Africa at Kochi in 2000 provided the other two instances. Interestingly on all the three occasions India went on to win the game!Shahid Afridi, on 1, completed 7,000 ODI runs – in his 341st match and 316th innings. He became the sixth Pakistani and 30th player overall to reach this landmark.Afridi also became only the second player - after Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya - to complete the all-round double of 7,000 runs and 300 wickets.Sachin Tendulkar, on 26, completed 2,500 runs against Pakistan. He became first batsman to do so. Virat Kolhi (183 off 142 balls) made his 11th ODI hundred – seventh in a chase. All seven have been for a winning cause!Kohli’s innings is the joint second highest innings in a chase behind only Shane Watson’s 185* against Bangladesh at this same ground in 2011 and along with MS Dhoni’s 183* against Sri Lanka at Jaipur in 2005.Kohli’s innings is the highest ever by any batsman against Pakistan in ODIs, beating West Indies’ Brian Lara’s 156 at Adelaide in 2005. Incidentally the previous highest by an Indian against Pakistan was 148 by MS Dhoni at Visakhapatnam in 2005.Kohli’s innings is also the highest in an Asia Cup match, bettering Younis Khan’s 144 against Hong Kong at Colombo SSC in 2004.Kohli’s innings is also his personal best, beating 133* he made against Sri Lanka at Hobart on February 28, 2012. Interestingly his previous highest against Pakistan was a paltry 18 (in 3 innings) at Dambulla in 2010.The hundred was Kohli’s fourth at Mirpur. He had made 102* vs Bangladesh in 2010, 100* also vs Bangladesh in 2011 World Cup, 108 vs Sri Lanka on March 13,2012....and 183 today.Kohli’s four hundreds are the most by any batsman at Mirpur. He was earlier at level with Gautam Gambhir with 3 hundreds.Kohli’s 732 runs are also the maximum by a visiting batsman at Mirpur. He moved ahead of Gambhir’s tally of 619 runs.India (330/4) put on their highest successful chase, beating 326 for 8 against England in the NatWest Series final at Lord’s in 2002.It was also the highest successful chase for any side against Pakistan. India have now most chased down a victory target of 300 or more runs on 11 occasions – more than any other team. Sri Lanka are second with seven such instances.The match aggregate of 659 runs for the loss of 10 wickets is a new record in Asia Cup. Pakistan and Bangladesh had made 631 runs for the loss of 12 wickets at Dambulla in 2010.The match aggregate is the second highest in India-Pakistan matches, next only to 693 for the loss of 15 wickets at Karachi in 2004.