Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets.
Saud Shakeel hit a brilliant double century.
New Delhi. The result of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan (SL vs PAK) was contrary to expectation. The visiting team has surprised everyone by giving a crushing defeat to Sri Lanka. This match proved to be a heart-stopper, when the wicket of captain Babar Azam fell. The Sri Lankan team, which came out to bat first, hit 312 runs. In response to which the condition of Pakistan looked serious. The visiting team had lost 5 of their batsmen as soon as they reached near 100 runs.
Two heroes of Pakistan came after the fall of 5 wickets, who turned the tide of the match. While Sri Lanka was breathing a sigh of relief after the wicket of Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman dashed Lanka’s hopes. Both the batsmen hit the first half-centuries one after the other and then proceeded towards the century, Agha Salman’s innings got a break on 83 runs. But Saud Shakeel standing at the other end had vowed not to get out. This player did not get peace even after scoring a century and hit the Sri Lankan bowlers by scoring a double century. Saud Shakeel played an unbeaten inning of 208 runs to take his team’s score to 261.
Sri Lanka put full force
Due to the innings of Saud Shakeel, Pakistan’s team got a lead of 149 runs. Sri Lanka also pushed hard in the second innings, the hosts scored 279 runs to give Pakistan a target of 131 runs. In retaliation, the flop show of the team’s star Babar Azam remained intact, due to which Pakistan’s heartbeat increased. Sri Lankan bowler Prabhat Jayasuriya made 4 batsmen his victims.
Who was the hero in the second innings?
The Pakistani team, which came out to chase the target, had its eyes on the openers. Opener Imam-ul-Haq took the responsibility of victory on his shoulders. Wickets kept falling from the other end but Imam-ul-Haq remained at the crease. He scored 50 runs in 84 balls with the help of 1 six and 4 fours, while double centurion Saud Shakeel also contributed 30 runs for his team. In this spectacular fashion, the visiting team won by 4 wickets and took the lead in the series.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2023, 12:47 PM