Shafique stars as Pakistan complete record chase to take 1-0 lead

back icon
safarisafari
20 Jul 2022 | 09:56 AM
authorAFP

Shafique stars as Pakistan complete record chase to take 1-0 lead

Thanks to his 160* off 408 deliveries, Pakistan pulled off the highest successful run chase in Galle

Abdullah Shafique hit an unbeaten 160 off 408 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a record target of 342 at Galle to win a tense opening Test by four wickets against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (July 20). Shafique hit the winning runs in the final session of play on day five to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya took a match haul of nine wickets but his efforts were in vain as Pakistan battled past the previous best chase in Galle of 268 by Sri Lanka against New Zealand in 2019.

The 22-year-old Shafique excelled with his second Test ton. He built crucial partnerships including a 101-run third-wicket stand with skipper Babar Azam, who made 55 after his 119 in the first innings on a tricky pitch to bat on.

Shafique finally combined with Mohammad Nawaz, 19 not out, to take the visitors home after a brief rain interruption halted their charge. The teams had taken early tea before returning for the third session of play.

Shafique survived three dropped catches, on 70, 135 and 151, but played the anchor's role to perfection as he surpassed his previous Test best of 136 not out.

Pakistan had a few anxious moments after Jayasuriya, who sent back talisman Azam before the close on day four, struck at the stroke of lunch to get debutant Salman Ali Agha out for 12. Hasan Ali fell for five in the second over of the second session after being promoted up the order to hit out the remaining runs. 

Jayasuriya, who took 12 wickets on debut in a series-levelling Test win over Australia last week at the same venue, six in each innings, kept up the pressure but Shafique stood firm.

Pakistan resumed the day on 222-3 and Sri Lanka soon used up their remaining two umpire reviews, with Jayasuriya involved in both calls. Mohammad Rizwan opened his day's account with a boundary off Ramesh Mendis and kept up his positive intent by taking singles and twos before he fell lbw to Jayasuriya for 40.

A review did not save Rizwan, a wicketkeeper-batsman who has come into the two-match series after a successful stint with English county Sussex.

Dinesh Chandimal kept up his blazing form in an unbeaten 94 -- his second successive half-century -- when he ran out of partners in Sri Lanka's second-innings total of 337.

In a match of tail-end fightbacks, Azam hit a defiant century in Pakistan's first innings and batted patiently with the lower order after the visitors slipped to 85-7 on day two.

The second Test starts Sunday, also in Galle, after it was moved from Colombo due to the political unrest in Sri Lanka.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Sri Lanka vs PakistanPakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2022PakistanSri LankaAbdullah ShafiquePrabath Jayasuriya

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Abdullah Shafique is showing a lot of class: Azam
Pakistan skipper also credited Naseem Shah’s first-innings effort with the bat
usercricket.com staff
20 Jul 2022
safari
REPORT
Ton-up Shafique drives Pakistan's record chase at Galle
Pakistan ended day four on 222/3, still needing 120 runs to take the lead in the two-match series
userAFP
19 Jul 2022
safari
REPORT
Sri Lanka hit back after Shaheen's four-fer in Galle
Chandimal top-scored for Sri Lanka with 76 off 115 balls
userAFP
16 Jul 2022
safari
NEWS
Jayasuriya, Wellalage retained for Pakistan Tests
Meanwhile, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lasith Embuldeniya have both been left out of the 18-man squad
userHardik Worah
14 Jul 2022
safari
OPINION
Shafique's continued brilliance should stop Pakistan's opener pursuit
Tough times bring the best out of people and for Shafique, it certainly brought the best out of him
userAakash Sivasubramaniam
23 Mar 2022
safari
NEWS
Plan was to bat session by session: Babar reveals after historic innings
A marathon effort from Babar Azam kept Pakistan alive in a mammoth run-chase
usercricket.com staff
16 Mar 2022
safari
REPORT
Azam, Shafique's 171-run stand keep Pakistan alive
Asked to chase down 506 or bat out 172 overs, the hosts have put a strong foot forward on the fourth day
usercricket.com staff
15 Mar 2022
safari
NEWS
Cummins refuses to criticize Pindi wicket
It was Australia's first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998, having declined to visit previously on security grounds
usercricket.com staff
08 Mar 2022
safari
REPORT
Pakistan nullify first innings deficit to register 8-wicket win
Pakistan chased down 202 on Day 5 of the Chattogram Test, taking a 1-0 lead in the series
userAFP
30 Nov 2021
safari
REPORT
All-round day leads Pakistan's charge on Day 2
Pakistan bowled out Bangladesh 330 before an authoritative opening partnership put them in a strong position
usercricket.com staff
27 Nov 2021
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved