Day 5 of the first test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan:
Highlights On Wednesday, Pakistan overcame Sri Lanka by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series.
Abdullah Shafique scored 158 runs without being dismissed during the victory. On the last day of the match at Galle, Pakistan were pursuing a total of 342, and they had reached 331 for six before rain suspended play.
Both Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Nawaz remained not out on their respective scores of 154 and 12, respectively. Earlier, Prabath Jayasuriya had Mohammad Rizwan caught leg before for 40, and then the left-arm spinner had Agha Salman caught behind for 12. At lunchtime, Pakistan’s score was 298/5.
Hasan Ali was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva while he was attempting to go for a slog sweep in the very first over of the second session of the match. Rizwan came in and made sure they did not lose any more wickets, and they concluded their chase of 342 at Stumps with 222/3.
Before Babar Azam was dismissed by a superb delivery from Jayasuriya, things were going nicely for Pakistan in their chase on Tuesday. Pakistan got off to a strong start in their pursuit after bowling Sri Lanka out for 337 in their second innings. This was despite Sri Lanka taking two quick wickets early on in Pakistan’s chase.
On the other hand, Babar (55 runs) and Shafique’s stand of 101 runs put Pakistan in a commanding position. Shafique ended the day with a score of 112, remaining undefeated. On the other hand, Sri Lanka is aware that a few fast wickets on a turning field on Day 5 may flip the script and completely change the outcome of the game. (SCORECARD)
Sri Lanka’s most notable features:
In the first round of the two-match Test series, which took place on Wednesday in Galle, Pakistan triumphed against Sri Lanka by four wickets thanks to an astounding performance from Abdullah Shafique
While Shafique continued to bat without being dismissed on 160, both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan contributed to the team’s run chase. The score for the visitors at the end of day four was 222/3, while Mohammad Rizwan 7* and Abdullah Shafique 112* were still unbroken at the crease.
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Mohammad Rizwan and the opener Abdullah Shafique, who was still on the field when the score was 112, put up a productive relationship.
As a result of the partnership between the two, Pakistan got very near to winning when there were only 115 runs left to score.
As Rizwan was making his way back to the dugout with the score at 40, Prabath Jayasuriya took his third wicket of the game, which resulted from an out-of-bounds decision.
Agha Salman was the next batsman up for Pakistan in the order, but like Shafique, he too was unable to join Shafique at the crease since he lost his wicket to Jayasuriya after scoring only 12 runs. A second successful strike from the bowler brought the bowler’s total number of wickets for the innings to four.
Pakistan’s score was now sitting at 298 after 5 innings. Shafique was a crucial wicket for Sri Lanka to take if they were to turn things around for them, but he held tough till the very end of the match
Hasan Ali, the next batter for Pakistan, was unable to accompany the opener for very long because Dhananjaya de Silva ran him out for 5 runs. This meant that the opener could not bat with his team for very long
The game picked up where it left off shortly after the weather delay. At Galle, in the first match of the two-match Test series, Shafique drove his team to victory by hitting the runs that ultimately proved to be the game-winning total for Pakistan.
In light of the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which has led to a number of demonstrations around the country, the second test match of the series was moved from Colombo to Galle instead of continuing to be played there.