Naseem Shah’s five-fer hands Pakistan second Test win against Sri Lanka


Young Naseem Shah took a five-wicket haul, two quick scalps on Day 5, to help Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 263 runs in the second Test at National Stadium Karachi.

The 16-years-old pacer becomes the youngest to record a five-fer, especially on a historic occasion when Pakistan won a Test series at home after 15 years.

On the other hand, it was Abid Ali with his special knock of 174 runs which laid a solid foundation for Pakistan. He recorded to be the only batsman to score a hundred in the first two Tests of his career.

Shan Masood, Babar Azam, and Azhar Ali also played an important role to set a tone for Pakistan as they posted 555-3(d) with a strong lead of 475 runs. The trio along with Abid scored a century each.

While chasing 476 runs, Sri Lanka fell short in front of a strong bowling attack of the home side. The visitors on Day 4 managed to get 212-7 on the scoreboard.

Resuming at 212-7, Sri Lanka faced aggressive Naseem who removed Lasith Embuldeniya on the first ball of the day. Yasir Shah (2-84) managed to get out the only centurion from Sri Lanka in the second inning, Oshida Fernando.

By picking up Vishwa Fernando in just the third over of the day, Naseem completed his five-wicket haul and handed a comfortable series win to green shirts.

Abid Ali, for his two consecutive centuries in the series, bagged man-of-the-series award.