Positives for Pakistan in Test series against Sri Lanka

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Pakistan was back to winning ways after they beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a Test series, taking place at home after a gap of 10 years. This was Pakistan’s first Test series win at home soil since 2006.

Making the most of home conditions, Pakistan shook the record books and registered eye-catching individual and team records. Here they are:

Abid Ali- star in the making

After waiting for long, Abid Ali made the most of a maiden call in Test and recorded back-to-back Test centuries in Rawalpindi and Karachi, respectively. Rain spoiled Rawalpindi’s Test and excitement of red-ball cricket’s return but on the fifth day, Abid and Babar had stolen the show with a century each.

For Abid, it was a special knock as with this he becomes the first male cricketer in the world to score a century on both Test and ODI debut following his maiden century knock against Australia in March this year in UAE.

The right-handed batsman carried his form and struck another century in only his career’s second Test. He is now the only Pakistani batsman to score centuries in career’s first two Tests and eighth batsman overall.

The second-highest opening partnership

The opening duo of Abid (174) and Shaan Masood (135) scored 278 runs together in Pakistan’s second inning of the last Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi which is the second-highest opening partnership after Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed partnered for 298 runs against West Indies at the same venue in 1997.

Shan Masood, Azhar Ali gain form 

The left-handed opener Shan Masood scored 135 runs, first century since 2015. He, last time, struck his maiden century against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2015. His performance is a morale booster for Pakistan as the team management seems comfortable with Abid and Masood as openers in the future.

On the other hand, the team’s new Test skipper Azhar found his form back while scoring 118 runs, his first century after a year. He last played for century knock against New Zealand in 2018. It was Azhar’s 16th Test century.

 

Pakistan’s top-four batters record centuries

Pakistan becomes the second team in history after India whose top-four batsmen scored a century each in a Test match. Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam marked their names in the record book for this unique record.

Earlier, India did this against Bangladesh in 2007. Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid were the century scorers.

Naseem Shah becomes the youngest pacer to claim five-fer in Test 

The 16 years and 307 days old Naseem Shah becomes the second youngest bowler and youngest pacer to claim a five-wicket haul in a Test match. Earlier, Pakistan’s Naseem-ul-Ghani, a left-arm orthodox, achieved this milestone at the age of 16 years 308 days.

 

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