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Most runs on Day 5 in Test cricket: What is the maximum number of runs scored on a day of Test match?

Dixit Bhargav
|Tue Mar 15 2022


Most runs on Day 5 in Test cricket: Pakistan have to score way less than what is a Day 5 record in order to win the second Test.

The cricketing fraternity has eyes at the National Stadium in Karachi for it is all in likeliness of hosting an engrossing day of Test cricket today.

While both the Pakistan vs Australia Test matches have received their share of criticism for being played on surfaces which don’t offer anything to the bowlers, Day 5 of the second Test match having all ingredients of a potential cliffhanger could change the same.

Having staged an outstanding comeback into the match on Day 4, Pakistan still need 314 runs to seal a world record 506-run chase. 90 overs and eight wickets to achieve a team milestone, the hosts wouldn’t have received a better opportunity to make this historic Test series a memorable one.

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While a Day 5 surface won’t make Pakistan’s task easier by any means, fans across the world will be following the match for the sheer possibility of what it could present to them by the third session on Wednesday.

Most runs on Day 5 in Test cricket

It is worth mentioning that Pakistan have to score way less than what is a Day 5 record in order to win the second Test match and gain a 1-0 series lead with a match to go. Having said that, neither of the three-highest Day 5 scores in Test cricket have come in the sub-continent.

Team 1Team 2RunsGroundYear
AustraliaNew Zealand459/5Brisbane2001
AustraliaWest Indies458/4Sydney1969
EnglandAustralia447/5The Oval2013

If the filter of Day 5 is removed, Test cricket has been witness to teams scoring in excess of 500 runs in one day on as many as four occasions.

Team 1Team 2RunsGroundYear
EnglandIndia586/6Manchester1936
EnglandSouth Africa522/2Lord’s1924
Sri LankaBangladesh509/2Colombo2002
EnglandSouth Africa508/3The Oval1935
EnglandPakistan496/2Nottingham1934

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