Pakistan’s ton-up Babar Azam and debutant Abid Ali shined on the final day of the opening Test of two-match series against Sri Lanka at Pindi Stadium on Sunday.
Before the stumps, Babar scored 102 not out, his third century in Test cricket, at a strike rate of almost 80 and it included 14 fours. Abid, on the other hand, marked his name into the record book as the first player in the history to score a century on both ODI and Test debut.
Rewarded for his prominent performance, Abid scored 109* off 201 balls laced with 11 fours.
Abid at the post-match talk dedicated his century to his daughter and said: “My this hundred is for my daughter and the entire family, supporters, thank you so much for being there for me,” Abid said.
The record-maker thanked the energetic crowd who came in large numbers on Sunday and supported this historic Test match.
“I know fans were frustrated because of the rain but I would like to thank each and every individual who came to the stadium to make this moment joyful,” he added.
Pakistan at stumps on the last day ended with a sum of 252-2. Captain Azhar Ali’s poor form continues as he got out for 36. Lahiru Kumara claimed a worthy wicket of the Pakistan skipper. Opener Shaan Masood didn’t open his account and was dismissed by Kasun Rajhita in the third over of the innings.
Sri Lanka, after batting for just 5.4 overs in the morning session, declared their first inning for 308-6. Dhananjaya de Silva was the top scorer with a 102 not-out which included 15 fours. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne remained prominent with well crafted 59.
Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah claimed two wickets each while Mohammad Abbas and Usman Shinwari picked up a wicket each.
The match was marred by bad weather of Rawalpindi as the play kept going fluently on Day 1 and 5 only. 18.2 and 5.2 overs were bowled on Day 2 and Day 3 respectively, Whereas the fourth day was washed out completely.
The series decider and final Test will be played at historic National Stadium Karachi (NSK) from 19-23 December.