The pile of runs on Rawalpindi’s dead pitch also set many records while Imam-ul-Haq became the 10th Pakistani to score centuries in both innings.
Hanif Mohammad had done this feat against England in 1962, Javed Miandad against New Zealand in 1984, Wajahat Wasti against Sri Lanka in 1999, Yasir Hameed against Bangladesh in 2003, Inzamam-ul-Haq against England in 2005, Mohammad Yousuf in 2006. Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Azhar Ali won the award against West Indies in 2014 against Australia.
Half a century later, the Pakistani openers made a century partnership in both innings of the Test against Australia. Before Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq, it was done in 1971 by English openers Jeffrey Boycott and John Edrich. Hutton and Washbrook (England), Hutton and Washbrook (England) in 1948 also reached triple digits in both innings against the Kangaroos.
This is the second pair to have shared two centuries in a Test on any wicket. Overall, Imam and Abdullah are the third Pakistani opening pair to form a two-century partnership in a Test.
In 2003, Imran Farhat and Tawfeeq Omar shared centuries in both innings with Abdullah Shafiq and Abid Ali in the match against South Africa and Bangladesh last year. Younis Khan and Azhar Ali achieved this feat in 2014 for the third wicket. In the drawn match, Pakistani openers Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq made an unbeaten partnership of 252. It was also the best partnership of Pakistan against the Kangaroos. Earlier, in 1964, Khalid Abdullah and Abdul Qadir had added 249 runs.