Saud Shakeel scored a double century in Galle Test
He was the first Pakistani to score a double century in Sri Lanka.
New Delhi. The first match of the 2 test series is being played in Galle between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In response to Sri Lanka’s 312 runs in the first innings, Pakistan has achieved a lead of more than 120 runs on the host country on the third day. Pakistan’s middle order batsman Saud Shakeel has a big hand in this. Saud hit a double century. This is Saud’s first Test innings outside Pakistan and in that itself, this left-handed batsman made history by scoring a double century.
Before Saud, Yashasvi Jaiswal also scored a century in his first Test innings away from home. Yashasvi was dismissed for 171 but Saud got ahead of him and hit a double century in the very first innings abroad. He completed his double century with a four. For this, Saud played 352 balls. Saud did not get out till the end and returned unbeaten on 208 runs.
Saud Shakeel also scored a half-century in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. At one time in the Galle Test, Pakistan lost 5 wickets for 101 runs in the first innings. It seemed that Sri Lanka would get an edge over Pakistan in the first innings, but Saud Shakeel hit such a peg that not only gave Pakistan a big lead, but also completed his first double century. Saud Shakeel shared a 177-run partnership in 218 balls for the sixth wicket with Agha Salman.
Agha Salman scored 83 runs in 113 balls. This is the second fastest partnership of 175 or more runs in Test cricket from Pakistan. Agha-Shakeel scored at the rate of about 5 runs per over.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 17:53 IST