Opener Abdullah Shafique’s maiden double century and an unbeaten 132 by Agha Salman put Pakistan within the field seat Wednesday on day three of the second Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka. The vacationers reached 563-5 at stumps, main Sri Lanka by 397 runs of their first innings at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports activities Membership. Salman and concussion substitute Mohammad Rizwan, on 37, had been batting in an unbeaten stand of 95 after Shafique’s departure on 201. Salman performed attacking cricket to bolster Pakistan’s new aggressive fashion on this collection and reached his second Take a look at ton with a boundary.
Shafique led the mammoth reply in response to Sri Lanka’s 166 as he placed on three century stands together with a 124-run sixth-wicket partnership with Salman.
Shafique, who started the day on 87, reached 200 within the remaining session with a single off Asitha Fernando, taking off his helmet and pointing to his identify on the again of his jersey.
However he was quickly caught out at deep mid-off by left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya, who additionally had skipper Babar Azam for 39 earlier within the day.
Fernando reduce quick Saud Shakeel’s knock on 57 within the afternoon session to take his wicket tally to a few.
The quick bowler got here across the wicket to entice the left-handed Shakeel lbw and finish a 109-run partnership with Shafique.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed made 14 earlier than he retired harm after feeling dizzy, doubtless as a consequence of a blow he obtained on his helmet on the primary ball confronted from Fernando.
He was lastly substituted by Rizwan.
Shafique handed 150 for the second time in opposition to Sri Lanka with a single off Ramesh Mendis, after which went previous his earlier Take a look at better of 160 not out.
Pakistan resumed on 178-2 after Tuesday’s downpours restricted the motion to only 10 overs.
Shafique began cautiously however quickly hit two successive boundaries off Fernando earlier than a single obtained his hundred.
Azam added 11 to his in a single day 28 earlier than being trapped lbw, with the choice upheld by the third umpire after evaluate.
It was the sixth time Azam had been dismissed in Take a look at cricket by Jayasuriya, who bowled unchanged from one finish within the first session.
Pakistan received the primary Take a look at within the two-match collection by 4 wickets.
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