New Delhi. The result of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan (SL vs PAK) turned out to be unexpected. The visiting team surprised everyone by handing Sri Lanka a resounding defeat. The match proved to be a nail-biting encounter, especially when captain Babar Azam got dismissed. Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 312 runs. In response, Pakistan’s situation looked grim as they lost five batsmen when they crossed the 100-run mark.
However, two heroes emerged for Pakistan after losing five wickets. Just when Sri Lanka was gaining momentum after Babar Azam’s wicket, Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman turned the game around. Both batsmen not only scored half-centuries but also progressed to score centuries. Agha Salman got dismissed for 83 runs, breaking his partnership. On the other end, Saud Shakeel made a promise not to get out. Even after scoring a century, he did not find peace and continued to thrash Sri Lanka’s bowlers, finally reaching a double century. Saud Shakeel played an unbeaten inning of 208 runs, taking his team’s score to 261.
Sri Lanka showed its strength
Thanks to Saud Shakeel’s innings, Pakistan gained a lead of 149 runs. In the second innings, Sri Lanka also put up a strong fight, setting a target of 279 runs for the hosts. In response, Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam had a flop show, causing the team’s heartbeat to rise. Sri Lanka’s bowler Prabath Jayasuriya took four wickets.
Who was the hero in the second innings?
Pakistan’s eyes were on the openers when they came to chase the target. Opener Imam-ul-Haq took the responsibility on his shoulders. Despite continuous fall of wickets from the other end, Imam-ul-Haq held his ground on the crease. He scored 50 runs with the help of 1 six and 4 fours in 84 balls. Meanwhile, double centurion Saud Shakeel also contributed 30 runs for his team. In this splendid style, the visiting team secured victory by 4 wickets and took the lead in the series.