New Delhi. The first Test being played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle is at an exciting turn. In response to the score of 312 scored by the hosts Sri Lanka in the first innings, Pakistan scored 221 runs losing 5 wickets on the second day. At the time of stumps, left-handed batsman Saud Shakeel (69) and Agha Salman (Agha Salman) were at the crease after scoring 61 runs. This pair has the important responsibility of giving the Pakistan team an edge on the basis of the first innings.
On the second day of the match, 27-year-old Shakeel equaled a big record. Shakeel, playing the sixth Test of his career, has joined the club of those special batsmen who have scored a half-century in any innings of their first six matches. He is the fifth batsman in the world to do so and he joined Sunil Gavaskar, Basil Butcher, Saeed. Has equaled the record of Ahmed and Burt Sutclip. Shakeel came to bat when the Pakistan team was struggling losing three wickets for 67 runs.
Century partnership with Aga Salman in difficult times
After reaching his crease, Captain Babar Azam and former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed were also dismissed. Not losing courage in this difficult time, he made an unbeaten partnership of 120 runs for the sixth wicket with Agha Salman and got the team out of trouble. Not only this, the performance of both these batsmen has also raised the hope of taking the lead on the basis of first innings for Pakistan.
Test debut was done against England last year
Shakeel, who made his Test debut against England in December 2022, scored 37 in the first innings and 76 in the second innings in his first Test. He scored 63 and 94 in his second test, 23 and 53 in the third test, 22 and 55 not out in the fourth test and 125 and 32 not out in the fifth test. Prior to the Galle Test, he had scored 580 runs in five Tests at an average of 72.50, including one century and five half-centuries. With this performance, Shakeel has raised the hope of playing Test cricket for Pakistan for a long time.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 08:48 IST