The visitor’s team Pakistan got the historic victory today against the home team Sri Lanka by winning the first Test in Galle. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 222 runs in their first innings. Dinesh Chandimal was the top-runs scorer in that innings. He scored 76 runs off 115 balls. Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets. In reply, Pakistan scored 218 runs in their first innings. It was a captain’s innings knock, Babar Azam scored 119 runs. Prabath Jayasuriya took five wickets in that innings.
Sri Lanka faced a complete 100 overs in their second innings and scored 337 runs. The opener of their team Oshada Fernando scored 64 runs, Kusal Mendis 76 and Dinesh Chandimal 94 not out. Mohammad Nawaz dismissed five Sri Lanka batsmen in that innings. Yasir Shah took three wickets. The Pakistan team scored the highest successful run-chase at the Galle International Stadium today. The previous successful run-chase was 268 scored by New Zealand in 2019.
The opener of the Pakistan team 22 years old Abdullah Shafique batted till the victory the Pakistan team. He faced 408 deliveries and scored 160 runs not out. Imam-ul-Haq contributed 35 runs in 342 run-chase, Babar Azam (c) 55, Mohammad Rizwan † 40, and Mohammad Nawaz added 19 runs to his team’s scorecard. Prabath Jayasuriya took four wickets in the Pakistan team’s second innings.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights today, Wednesday 20-7-2022. 1st Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka from Galle International Stadium.
The bowlers bowled well in the first innings and we batted well in the second. 300 is a big score in the fourth innings but as a bowling unit we need to give more support to Prabath Jayasuriya. He did a great job, he’s bowled really good areas. Playing hundred Tests (on Mathews’ upcoming 100th Test) is a remarkable thing. We need to correct the mistakes come the second Test.
Abdullah Shafique is the player of the match:
I’m quite happy that we chased the target on the last day. Plan was simple that we have to go for the runs. The pitch was difficult but as you spent more time, it got easier. When the spinners were bowling with the new ball, they were getting help.
I am thankful to the tailenders Yasir Shah and Naseem Shah to have helped me in the first innings. When I was batting with Abdullah Shafique we were just trying to build a partnership. He has shown his class.
Toss: Sri Lanka, elected to bat first.
Pakistan team: Abdullah, Imam, Azhar, Babar (capt), Rizwan (wk), Agha Nawaz, Yasir, Hasan, Shaheen, Naseem.
Sri Lanka team: Oshada, Dimuth (capt), Kusal, Mathews, Dhananjaya, Chandimal, Niroshan (wk), Ramesh, Maheesh, Prabath, Rajitha.
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Match Timings: 04:30 GMT | 10:00 Local | 09:30 PKT
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpires – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match number – Test no. 2472