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Shakeel’s double ton puts Pakistan in control

Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

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Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

Saud Shakeel became the 1st Pakistani batter to make a double century on Sri Lankan soil, finishing unbeaten on 208 as Pakistan were bowled out on 461, with a lead of 149 runs.

The morning session was crucial to Sri Lanka’s chances with Shakeel and Agha Salman having put on 120 for the 5th wicket on a rain-shortened day 2. However, the hosts were unable to find a breakthrough in the 1st hour after morning showers delayed the start of play. The Pakistani pair kept scoring at over 4 runs an over, as they had right through their innings, extending their partnership beyond the 150-run mark. 

Ramesh Mendis eventually got the breakthrough for Sri Lanka in the 56th over, Salman dancing down to a good length delivery to give Sadeera Samarawickrama an easy stumping. The pair put on 177 for the 6th wicket, Pakistan’s highest for any wicket against Sri Lanka in Galle. 

Though the rate of run-scoring dropped drastically, it didn’t matter as Shakeel put on 183 invaluable runs alongside Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed, with Pakistan’s last 5 wickets accounting for 360 runs. Shah survived the longest, facing 78 deliveries for his 6 runs, while Ali contributed the most among the last 4, with 23 off 47.

The left-hander survived a couple of chances, the first of which came in the 56th over when he was on 93, when Ramesh Mendis got him to nudge one in the air down the leg side off his 1st delivery of the day. Unfortunately, Nishan Madushka couldn’t hold on at leg slip and Shakeel went to his century a couple of deliveries later. He was also put down by Angelo Mathews in the deep on 133. But nothing can be taken away from the 27-year-old, in only his 6th Test, who showed great temperament in his 1st overseas Test, farming the strike and delivering the 1st double century for Pakistan since 2016.

Ramesh Mendis was really the only bowler who troubled the Pakistani batter on and off and ended with 5/136 in 42.2 overs, his 5th 5-wicket haul in Tests and 2nd in the last two innings.

The Sri Lankan openers faced a nervy 4-over spell but skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madushka survived, leaving the hosts trailing by 135 going into day 4.

Result


Sri Lanka
312/10 (95.2) & 279/10 (83.1)

Pakistan
461/10 (121.2) & 133/6 (32.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 9 0 0 44.44
Dimuth Karunaratne c Safraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 29 43 6 0 67.44
Kusal Mendis c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi 12 14 3 0 85.71
Angelo Mathews c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Abrar Ahmed 64 109 9 0 58.72
Dinesh Chandimal c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 1 6 0 0 16.67
Dhananjaya de Silva c Shan Masood b Naseem Shah 122 214 12 3 57.01
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 36 57 5 0 63.16
Ramesh Mendis c Babar Azam b Abrar Ahmed 5 40 1 0 12.50
Prabath Jayasuriya c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Naseem Shah 4 29 0 0 13.79
Kasun Rajitha c Abdullah Shafique b Abrar Ahmed 8 24 1 0 33.33
Vishwa Fernando not out 21 28 2 1 75.00


Extras 6 (b 4 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 312/10 (95.2 Overs, RR: 3.27)
Fall of Wickets 1-6 (2.2) Nishan Madushka, 2-22 (6.4) Kusal Mendis, 3-53 (14.2) Dimuth Karunaratne, 4-54 (15.2) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-185 (48.1) Angelo Mathews, 6-242 (65.4) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-257 (76.6) Ramesh Mendis, 8-282 (85.6) Prabath Jayasuriya, 9-283 (87.1) Dhananjaya de Silva, 10-312 (95.2) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 24 3 86 3 3.58
Naseem Shah 22 2 90 3 4.09
Abrar Ahmed 31.2 9 68 3 2.18
Agha Salman 5 1 18 1 3.60
Nauman Ali 13 2 45 0 3.46
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Dhananjaya de Silva b Prabath Jayasuriya 19 28 3 0 67.86
Imam-ul-Haq c Kamil Mishara  b Kasun Rajitha 1 10 0 0 10.00
Shan Masood lbw b Ramesh Mendis 39 30 5 1 130.00
Babar Azam c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 13 16 2 0 81.25
Saud Shakeel not out 208 361 19 0 57.62
Sarfaraz Ahmed lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 17 15 3 0 113.33
Agha Salman st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 83 113 9 1 73.45
Nauman Ali lbw b Ramesh Mendis 25 57 4 0 43.86
Shaheen Shah Afridi lbw b Vishwa Fernando 9 14 2 0 64.29
Naseem Shah b Ramesh Mendis 6 78 1 0 7.69
Abrar Ahmed c Angelo Mathews b Ramesh Mendis 10 12 1 1 83.33


Extras 31 (b 9 , lb 8 , nb 6, w 8, pen 0)
Total 461/10 (121.2 Overs, RR: 3.8)
Fall of Wickets 1-3 (1.6) Imam-ul-Haq, 2-47 (10.2) Abdullah Shafique, 3-67 (11.6) Shan Masood, 4-73 (14.4) Babar Azam, 5-101 (20.2) Sarfaraz Ahmed, 6-278 (55.6) Agha Salman, 7-330 (73.2) Nauman Ali, 8-346 (76.3) Shaheen Shah Afridi, 9-440 (116.5) Naseem Shah, 10-461 (121.2) Abrar Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 18 1 69 1 3.83
Kasun Rajitha 19 1 77 1 4.05
Prabath Jayasuriya 35 3 145 3 4.14
Ramesh Mendis 42.2 2 136 5 3.22
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 1 17 0 2.43
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Nauman Ali 52 115 7 1 45.22
Dimuth Karunaratne c Agha Salman b Abrar Ahmed 20 27 4 0 74.07
Kusal Mendis lbw b Nauman Ali 18 45 2 0 40.00
Angelo Mathews c Babar Azam b Nauman Ali 7 21 1 0 33.33
Dinesh Chandimal c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 28 64 3 0 43.75
Dhananjaya de Silva c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 82 118 10 2 69.49
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Abdullah Shafique b Agha Salman 11 11 2 0 100.00
Ramesh Mendis lbw b Abrar Ahmed 42 79 3 1 53.16
Prabath Jayasuriya c Shan Masood b Shaheen Shah Afridi 10 11 2 0 90.91
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 6 0 0 0.00
Kasun Rajitha c Shan Masood b Abrar Ahmed 5 3 0 0 166.67


Extras 4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)
Total 279/10 (83.1 Overs, RR: 3.35)
Fall of Wickets 1-42 (11.1) Dimuth Karunaratne, 2-79 (24.6) Kusal Mendis, 3-91 (32.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-99 (36.6) Nishan Madushka, 5-159 (53.1) Dinesh Chandimal, 6-175 (55.5) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-251 (78.1) Ramesh Mendis, 8-269 (80.6) Dhananjaya de Silva, 9-274 (82.3) Prabath Jayasuriya, 10-279 (83.1) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 13 0 64 2 4.92
Naseem Shah 12 2 32 0 2.67
Agha Salman 9 0 39 2 4.33
Abrar Ahmed 24.1 5 68 3 2.82
Nauman Ali 25 5 75 3 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 8 18 1 0 44.44
Imam-ul-Haq not out 50 84 4 0 59.52
Shan Masood c Nishan Madushka b Prabath Jayasuriya 7 11 1 0 63.64
Nauman Ali run out (Ramesh Mendis) 0 7 0 0 0.00
Babar Azam lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 24 28 5 0 85.71
Saud Shakeel c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 30 38 6 0 78.95
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Kusal Mendis b Prabath Jayasuriya 1 10 0 0 10.00
Agha Salman not out 6 1 0 1 600.00


Extras 7 (b 4 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 133/6 (32.5 Overs, RR: 4.05)
Fall of Wickets 1-16 (6.4) Abdullah Shafique, 2-36 (10.4) Shan Masood, 3-38 (12.6) Nauman Ali, 4-79 (20.3) Babar Azam, 5-122 (29.4) Saud Shakeel, 6-127 (32.4) Sarfaraz Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 2 1 6 0 3.00
Ramesh Mendis 14 1 62 1 4.43
Prabath Jayasuriya 14.5 0 56 4 3.86
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 1 2 0 1.00