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Grief & Gloom: Pakistan’s Worst Test Match Losses

Hockey might be the national sport of Pakistan, but cricket fanaticism runs in the veins of most of the nation. Every household loves cricket, and everyone goes through the turmoil of emotions together. 

As much as victory is savory, defeat is painful and leaves a mark. Pakistanis remember the times when they lost by small margins, and a defeat always brings back memories of other upsetting times.

Let’s recap some of the most heartbreaking defeats in the Test Cricket Series of Pakistan:

Lost by 2 wickets – Against England (2020)

In a Test match, Pakistani bowlers seldom fail to defend their objectives. From 117-5 and 160 runs down, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes staged a comeback with a 139-run partnership in 33 overs ending in a sorrowful defeat. Although Pakistan lost the match, they may take heart that its youthful fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah put up a competitive display.

Lost by 4 runs – Against New Zealand (2018)

It’s not often that teams lose by four runs in a Test match. The number of times a team lost by four or fewer runs is lower than any other margin. When New Zealand held Pakistan to 171 when they were shooting for 176, Pakistan was on the receiving end of a record they would rather forget. At one point, Pakistan only needed 46 more runs to win, but by 41 runs, Pakistan had lost the match. It came from a five-wicket haul by Ajaz Patel that destabilized their innings and planned a batting collapse that resulted in seven wickets for 41 runs.

Lost by 21 runs – Against Sri Lanka (2017)

Pakistan hit a new low when they were bowled out for 114 while trying to reach 136. This was the lowest target they had ever failed to reach in Test cricket. Rangana Herath, who finished with 11 wickets overall and six in the last innings, was primarily responsible for the batting collapse. Abu Dhabi had been Pakistan’s stronghold since they arrived in the UAE in 2010, but this was the first time they had ever lost a Test match.

Lost by 36 runs – Against Australia (2010)

After controlling play for three days, Pakistan allowed Australia back into the match on the last day with a 123-run partnership between Mike Hussey (134 not out) and Peter Siddle (38). It was still possible to knock down the mark of 176, but Pakistan’s batting slumped from 34 without loss to 139 all out, with Nathan Hauritz taking five wickets. The defeat remained a grey cloud for days that followed.

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