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The Headingley Cricket Ground is an iconic cricket venue located in Leeds, England.

Established in 1890, the Headingley Cricket Ground is named after a suburb of the city of Leeds, and is linked to a rugby league ground. The venue has a current seating capacity of around 18,000 

It is the home ground of the England cricket team and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club at the domestic level.

The Headingley Cricket Ground staged its first international cricket match, a Test played between arch-rivals England and Australia in 1899. The Test match ended in a draw.

It later hosted its first One-Day International (ODI) between England and West Indies in 1973. The hosts won the nail-biting encounter by one wicket. 

After almost five decades in 2021, the Headingley Cricket Ground staged its first T20 international played between England and Pakistan. Led by Jos Buttler, England won the game comprehensively by 45 runs.

Let’s have a look at Headingley Cricket Ground T20 records and stats.

Headingley Cricket Ground T20 records and stats

Highest total

The England cricket team holds the record for the highest total at the Headingley Cricket Ground in T20 international cricket. During the second T20I of Pakistan’s tour of England in July 2021, the Jos Buttler-led hosts were bowled out for 200 in 19.5 overs. Put in to bat, England rode on Buttler’s 59 along with contributions from Liam Livingstone (38) and Moeen Ali (36) to post a record T20 total at the venue. England later restricted Pakistan to 155/9 in their allotted overs to register a 45-run victory in Leeds.

Lowest total

The Pakistan cricket team registered the lowest total at the Headingley Cricket Ground in the T20 format. Led by Babar Azam, Pakistan could only manage 155/9 in their 20 overs while chasing England’s 200 in the second T20I of a three-match series in 2021. Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan with 37 off 29 balls. For England, pacer Saqib Mahmood picked up three wickets while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali bagged two wickets each. England won the T20I by 45 runs to level the series 1-1. The hosts later clinched the three-match series 2-1 in Manchester.

Most runs

England cricket team’s limited-overs captain Jos Buttler has the most runs at the venue in T20 international cricket. The swashbuckling right-handed batter has scored 59 runs in the solitary T20I innings that he has played against Pakistan in 2021. Buttler’s teammate Liam Livingstone features second on the list with 38 runs in one T20I innings at a strike rate of 165.21.

Most wickets

England’s Saqib Mahmood and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hasnain share the record for the most wickets at this cricket ground in the T20I format. Saqib Mahmood produced a match-winning spell of 4-0-33-3 against Pakistan in 2021. In the same match, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain picked up three wickets for 51 runs in his quota of four overs to bowl out England for 200 in 19.5 overs.

Highest individual score

England captain Jos Buttler also holds the record for the highest individual score at the Headingley Cricket Ground in T20 international cricket. Opening the batting, Jos Buttler smashed 59 runs off just 39 balls against Pakistan in the second T20I in Leeds in July 2021. His blitzkrieg knock was laced with seven fours and two maximums to power England to 200. Later, the hosts restricted Pakistan to 155/9 in their allotted overs to win the game by 45 runs.

Best bowling figures

England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood has the best bowling figures at this venue in the T20 format. The right-arm pacer registered match-winning figures of 3/33 against Pakistan in a T20I game in 2021. Defending 200, Saqib Mahmood dismissed Pakistan captain Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf to restrict Pakistan to 155/9 in their 20 overs. Mahmood’s impressive spell guided England to a 45-run win in Leeds.

Highest partnership

England’s Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali hold the record for the highest partnership at the Headingley Cricket Ground in T20 international cricket. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali stitched an impressive 67-run partnership for the third wicket against Pakistan in the second T20I in 2021. While Jos Buttler slammed a 39-ball 59, Moeen Ali scored 36 off just 16 balls to help England post 200. England later restricted Pakistan to 155/9 to win the game by 45 runs.

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