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Located in the Punjab province of Pakistan, the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium was established in 1992 and has the capacity to host around 15,000 spectators.

It hosted its first ODI match in January 1992 in a game that witnessed Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 117 runs. One of the venues that hosted several 1996 ODI World Cup games, this stadium has witnessed several memorable 50-over matches in the past.

This stadium is home to the Pakistan national cricket team, the Northern Cricket team as well as Islamabad United in domestic cricket.

Floodlights were added to the stadium in late 2001, making day-night cricket possible to further add to the excitement of playing at this venue.

Here’s a closer look at some of the key records and stats at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium ODI records

Most runs

Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq has scored more runs in ODIs at this venue than any other player. He scored 560 runs here at an average of 62.22 and a strike rate of 81.27. Inzamam also smashed one century and three fifties on this ground. 

Most wickets

No player has taken more wickets in ODIs on this ground than Pakistan great Waqar Younis, who claimed 11 scalps in six games at an average of 24.27 and an economy of 4.94. His best bowling effort here saw him finish with returns of 2/35. 

Highest total

Pakistan amassed the highest total in ODIs on this ground when they posted 329/6 in the second game of a five-match series against India in 2004. Openers Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi put on a 100-plus run opening stand to set Pakistan on their way and India managed to make 317 in reply as the hosts went on to register a 12-run win.

Lowest total

Zimbabwe holds the unenviable record of scoring the lowest ODI total on this ground. In the fourth match of a tri-series in 2004, the Chevrons made just 104 before being bowled out. Sri Lanka chased down the score in just 18.1 overs to register a seven-wicket win.

Highest individual score

The highest individual score on this ground was made by South Africa’s Gary Kirsten against UAE in the second match of the 1996 World Cup. Kirsten smashed his career-best 188 not out from 159 balls to help the Proteas post 321/2 on the scoreboard. In reply, UAE managed just 152/8 as South Africa won the game by 169 runs.

Best bowling figures

Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has the best bowling figures on this ground. In the final ODI of a three-match series in 2000, he picked up 5/20 in eight overs against England and helped Pakistan bundle out the tourists for 158. His spell enabled Pakistan to go on to register a six-wicket win.

Highest partnership

In the first-ever ODI match at this stadium, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik put up a solid 204-run stand for the second wicket against Sri Lanka. Pakistan eventually posted 271/4 and went on to beat Sri Lanka by 117 runs.

Photo credit: Alamy

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