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Pakistani batsmen to score a double century in England

Nothing gives a batsman more satisfaction than scoring runs in England due to tough swing and seam conditions. Over the years, some of Pakistan's biggest names have played some memorable innings. Here is a look at the instances of Pakistani batsmen scoring a double century in a Test in England.

Zaheer Abbas – 274, Edgbaston, 1971

It was the first Test match of the series and Pakistan had to start well to gain confidence and they did exactly that. The visitors posted 608/7 dec – then their highest total against England. Zaheer Abbas was the chief architect as he added 291 runs for the second wicket with Mushtaq Mohammad. Abbas finished with 274 runs off 467 deliveries. His brilliant knock included 38 boundaries.

Zaheer Abbas – 240, The Oval, 1974

In the third Test match of the series, Zaheer Abbas put on an absolute masterclass to score 240 at The Oval. Pakistan after electing to bat first were given a decent start by openers Sadiq Mohammad and Majid Khan as they put on 66. After Sadiq’s dismissal, Zaheer came on the pitch and stitched a brilliant partnership of 100 runs with Majid. This was followed by a 172-run stand with Mushtaq Mohammad to give Pakistan stability in the Test.

England bowlers had no answer to Abbas’s craftsmanship as he sailed through to his second Test double ton in England. Unfazed by the conditions, Abbas played exquisite shots all around the ground. His knock included 22 boundaries.

Mohsin Khan – 200, Lord’s, 1982

The third and final Test of the series was a must-win game for Pakistan and Mohsin Hasan Khan led the way with the bat. The elegant right-hander scored his career-best 200 to take Pakistan to a series-levelling ten-wicket win at the home of cricket. Pakistan posted a daunting 428/8 in the first innings as Mohsin first put on 144 with Mansoor Akhtar for the second wicket and 153 with Zaheer Abbas for the fourth. He hit 23 fours in his 386-ball effort, which saw him bat for eight and a quarter hours before being sixth out at 380.

 Javed Miandad - 260, The Oval, 1987

The great Javed Miandad became Pakistan’s fourth double centurion in England with an epic that took his team to their then highest Test total of 708 - a record that stood for 22 years. The right-hander came in at a difficult situation as Pakistan were 45/2, and proceeded to bat for 617 minutes, facing 521 balls and hitting 28 fours and a six, before being fifth out at 573. The hosts held on for a draw after following on, but Pakistan won the series; their first in England.

Aamer Sohail - 205, Old Trafford, 1992

Sohail converted his first Test ton into a double, in what was only his third Test. This also remained as his best first-class score. Sohail shared in the century stands for the first three wickets, with Rameez Raja, Asif Mujtaba and Javed Miandad respectively. He put the English attack to the sword until he was third out at 378. He faced only 284 balls during his 343-minute stay, hitting 32 fours.

 Mohammad Yousuf- 202,  Lord’s, 2006

Pakistan were 28/2 in reply to England’s 528 when Yousuf came in to bat. The score further nosedived to 68/4, but Yousuf remained undeterred –  he went on to produce one of the finest double hundreds seen at the Mecca. His 330-ball innings consumed 468 balls and was studded with 26 fours and a six. He was the last man out at 445, and his performance went a long way in ensuring a draw.

Younis Khan, 218 The Oval, 2016

The game was in the balance when Pakistan were 127/3 in reply to England’s 328. However, Younis came in and swung the contest in Pakistan’s favour in the course of his 308-ball stay that took seven and a half hours, and included 31 fours and four sixes. In the later stages of the innings, Younis showed exemplary skill and experience to bat with the tail as the last three wickets added 145 runs to the total. His innings gave Pakistan a lead of 314, and eventually a ten-wicket victory that squared the series 2-2. 

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