2004, when India visited Pakistan in 2004, came up with a five-match ODI and a three-match Test series between two arch-rivals. As the second ODI took place at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, it turned out to produce a pile of individual and team records.
Pakistan won by 12 runs as they won the toss on Rawalpindi’s pitch. India provoked humiliation in chasing a target of 330 runs in 50 overs as they fell short of wickets with an over and two balls to spare.
However, they later won the ODI and Test series on Pakistan’s home soil but the 2nd ODI holds a number of records registered by the two ends. Here are a few of them:
Ind vs Pak 2nd ODI 2004, Records registered OnThisDay
Shoaib Akhtar stood in his 100th ODI:
Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan’s extreme pacer, made his appearance in the 100th ODI game becoming the 22nd player from Pakistan and the 131st player from the world to do so.
Afridi’s comeback after a year of reluctance:
Shahid Afridi made a comeback after almost a year as he missed as many as 34 matches in between. His splendid form was showy to witness as he registered a winning partnership with Yasir.
Afridi’s last appearance before the 2nd ODI against India in 2004 was also against India as he played the World Cup in 2003 at Centurion.
Afridi made a boundary-slamming record:
The Indian bowling line-up was thrashed as Afridi smashed ten fours and four sixes with a boundary percentage of 80 in his innings of 80 (58) runs.
Out of 80, 64 runs were compiled by the boundaries. It displayed one of the records to get registered in the list of the highest percentage of boundary projectiles by a batsman in an innings of at least fifty runs versus India.
The record was held by New Zealand’s Craig Spearman who had 88.24% of runs scored by boundaries in his innings of 68 runs. Only 8 runs were brought up without any boundary as 60 came up as a result of breathtaking shots at Rajkot in 1999.
Yasir and Afridi partnership became the first-highest against India in ODIs:
Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi collapsed Indian bowlers registering the highest opening stand partnership for Pakistan against India at Pakistan’s own home ground. The record was previously grasped by Ijaz Ahmed and Afridi in 1997 in Lahore.
Yasir and Afridi banged 86 and 80 runs respectively on an individual basis to register a partnership of 138 runs
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Abdul Razzaq became the 13th Pakistani to complete 3000 ODI runs:
After reaching 14 runs, Razzaq graced one of the thirteen players and an 8oth World batsman from Pakistan to register 3000 ODI runs. Along with already having 179 ODI wickets, he became the fourth Pakistani after Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, and Shahid Afridi with all rounding stats of having 3000 ODI runs and 100 wickets.
Doing so, Abdul Razzaq then was the only 18th player from the world.
Pakistan enrolled the highest ODI total at Rawalpindi:
Pakistan hurled 329 runs against India at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium that surpassed the previous record held by South Africa against the Netherlands in 1996.
SA had made 328 runs losing three wickets and beat their opposition by 160 runs. Pakistan, although won by 12 runs in the 2nd ODI against India, the record is still durable as no team later progressed the highest run-score at Rawalpindi.
Pakistan registered their 3rd 300+ ODI score:
Scoring 329 runs, Pakistan thundered their third 300+ score in One-Day Internationals as they had done twice before.
The men in green beat their own existing record for having the most consecutive 300+ ODI scores. They had the feat against Zimbabwe in 2002 but after smashing 329 (1st inning, 2nd ODI, won the game) and 344 (second innings, lost the match) against India, the stats looked like this:
|300+ team totals in a row||Time period|
January 2004-March 2004
However, if we talk about the table topper of this stat, the record is owned by Australia for having the most number of back-to-back 300+ team totals. The record came during Feb-March 2007 with a streak of six. Next comes Sri Lanka in line with 5 sequential 300+ team totals during July-Oct 2006.
Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian man to score a hundred in Pakistan:
No cricket player from India ever had scored a century on Pakistani soil. As the 2nd ODI of the India tour of Pakistan 2004 proceeded, Sachin became the only Indian to slam a hundred in Pakistan against Pakistan.
The previous record was owned by Rahul Dravid as he was sent to the pavilion on 99 runs. Missing a century by just one run, Dravid’s score also came while the same series (first match).
Tendulkar also became the only player from the world for having his 50th man of the match award in ODIs. It was his sixth MOM award versus the men in green.