Dubai: The statistical highlights from first day's play in the first Test between Pakistan and England at Dubai.
# Matt Prior (70 not out off 154 balls) has posted his highest innings against Pakistan away from home.
# Prior's aforesaid innings is his third highest against Pakistan, next only to his two unbeaten knocks - 102 at Trent Bridge and 84 at The Oval in the 2010 series.
# Prior enjoys an impressive record against Pakistan - 304 in seven innings at an average of 76.00, including one century and two fifties.
# Prior has recorded his second fifty against Pakistan which is his 19th in Tests.
# Under Andrew Strauss' captaincy, Prior averages 51.17 - 2047 runs in 50 innings, including six hundreds and 13 fifties.
# Saeed Ajmal (7/55) has recorded his career-best figures in Tests, surpassing the 6 for 42 against the West Indies at Providence in May 2011.
# Ajmal has produced five five-wicket hauls - two each against England and the West Indies and once against Sri Lanka.
# Ajmal is one of the six bowlers to capture five lbw dismissals in an innings. He has joined Australia's Terry Alderman (vs. Pakistan at Melbourne in 1989-90), West Indian Curtly Ambrose (vs. England at Bridgetown in 1989-90), Pakistan's Mohammad Zahid (vs. New Zealand at Rawalpindi in 1996-97), England's Richard Johnson (vs. Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street in 2003 and England's Monty Panesar (vs. West Indies at Lord's in 2007).
# For the first time, Ajmal has maintained a ratio of five wickets per Test - 90 wickets (ave.28.43) in 18 Tests.
# Ajmal is the leading wicket-taker at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, taking 18 wickets at an average of 20.27 in three Tests - the only bowler to register two five-wicket hauls at this venue.
# Ajmal's superb figures are the best at this venue, surpassing the 5 for 54 by Morne Morkel for South Africa against Pakistan in 2010-11.
# Ajmal's bowling statistics against England are excellent, capturing 19 wickets at an average of 21.47 in four Tests, including two five-wicket hauls - 7 for 55 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and 5 for 82 at Birmingham in August 2010.
# Saeed Ajmal has claimed 57 wickets at 21.89 runs apiece in nine Tests since January 2011 - the most by a bowler during this period.
# Ian Bell posted a first-ball duck - his second first-ball dismissal. His ninth duck in Tests is his second against Pakistan.
# Kevin Pietersen has registered the worst strike rate (6.89) of his Test career - 2 off 29 balls.
# Graeme Swann (34) has posted his highest innings against Pakistan.