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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2005, 07:28 GMT 08:28 UK
Pakistan ground guide: Karachi
ENGLAND GAMES IN KARACHI
Thorpe and Hussain completed victory in the dark in 2000
15 Dec, Third ODI
Karachi's prominence among cricket venues in Pakistan has been affected by off-field events.

A bomb explosion prompted New Zealand to abandon a tour in 2002 and only two Test matches have been staged at the National Stadium since then.

England pulled off a famous six-wicket win in Karachi five years ago which sealed their first Test series victory in Pakistan since 1962.

They also chased down a target of 305 to win the one-dayer at the ground.

KARACHI FACTS AND FIGURES (ODIs)

  • England have a slight edge against Pakistan in limited overs internationals at the National Stadium, having won three out of five past meetings - their two defeats came during the 1987 and 1996 World Cups.

  • Andrew Flintoff was the star of their five-wicket win in 2000, hitting 84 off 60 balls, but Nasser Hussain, Graeme Hick and Graham Thorpe also made half centuries.

  • Teams batting second in Karachi appear to have a slight advantage with 15 wins against 12 by the sides batting first.

  • England skipper Graham Gooch hit 142 off 134 balls during the 1987 one-dayer against Pakistan - but Viv Richards of the West Indies holds the ground record for his 181 off 125 balls against Sri Lanka a month earlier.

  • England's Robin Smith (75) and Mike Atherton (66) share the ground record for the highest first wicket partnership in a one-dayer - 147 - but Pakistan won the game nine years ago by seven wickets.

  • Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar produced his best one-day bowling figures of 6-16 against New Zealand in April 2002. Four of his victims were bowled.

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