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SL vs PAK, 1st Test, Galle, 2022: Shafique extra ordinary batting, Yasir spin excites the Pakistan victory

Pakistan shouldering on the marathon innings of 160* by Abdullah Shafique won the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Five days of exciting battles between bat and ball have led to Pakistan taking a 1-0 lead in this two-match Test series.

Sri Lanka will be very upset because for most of the game, it looked like they were ahead, but in the end, they were the ones who got defeated.

The Marathon Innings (160*) by Abdullah Shafique in the Fourth innings:

Pakistan tried and succeeded in reaching the target in Galle, which was their second-highest successful chase in Test cricket.

Pakistan’s 342 is the most runs that any team has been able to get in Galle surpassing Sri Lanka’s 268 against New Zealand in 2019. In 2021, England scored 164 runs as a visiting team, which was the previous high.

Pakistan’s chase in Galle is also the fourth-most successful chase in Tests played in Sri Lanka. Abdullah Shafique didn’t get out of the game for 524 minutes and 160 runs.

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This is the longest a player has batted during a successful chase in a Test. In 1998, Aravinda de Silva’s 143* against Zimbabwe was the longest innings ever played, taking 460 minutes.

Shafique’s 524-minute innings is also the third longest by a batter in the fourth innings of a test where data is available.

During the chase, Shafique faced 408 balls. When balls-faced data is available for the fourth inning of a test, he is only the fifth batter to face 400 or more balls. Shafique faced 408 balls during his successful chase, which is second only to the 462 balls Herbert Sutcliffe faced when he scored 135 against Australia in 1928.

Shafique’s 160, which is unblemished, is also the third-highest individual score in an Asian chase that was successful.

Younis Khan hit 171* against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 201, whereas Kyle Mayers scored 210* against Bangladesh in Chattogram in 2021. Shafique’s total of 160* in Galle is currently Pakistan’s third-highest individual score in a Test’s fourth innings. Earlier this year, Babar Azam scored 196 against Australia in Karachi, with Younis’ aforementioned 171* coming in second.

Shafique’s total of 160* in Galle is currently Pakistan’s third-highest individual score in a Test’s fourth innings.

In the 1984 Lord’s Test, Gordon Greenidge scored an undefeated 214 against England, whereas Arthur Morris scored 182 in the 1948 Leeds Test.

Shafique scored 720 Test runs in his first six games.  In their first six games, only Sunil Gavaskar (912), Don Bradman (862) and George Headley (730) scored more runs than him.

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Prabath Jayasuriya Destructive Batting and Bowling at Test Cricket:

Prabath Jayasuriya, a spinner for Sri Lanka, made a spectacular Test debut against Australia.

In the second Test, he took 12 wickets to assist his team win by a record-breaking inning and 39 runs.

The 30-year-old spinner now has the fourth-best stats on a Test debut with the miraculous figures of 12/177.

Earning the Test debut cap, Jayasuriya claimed six wickets in the first innings as the Australians amassed an impressive score of 364.

After the Pat Cummins-led team was bowled out for a pitiful score of 151, Jayasuriya continued his incredible form in the second innings as well.

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The orthodox left-arm added six more wickets while only giving up 59 runs. The closest call set the tone for a tense final morning, as Pakistan needed seven wickets to reach 120.

Coming forward to a Prabath Jayasuriya delivery, Mohammad Rizwan observed the ball slip between the bat and pad before passing just a few centimeters from the off bail.

After two Tests, Prabath Jayasuriya has 21 wickets. In his first two matches, Jayasuriya had the fewest wickets taken (24), followed by Alec Bedser (22) and Bob Massie (21). Jayasuriya joined Tom Richardson and Clarrie Grimmett as the only other bowlers to record five strikes in their first three Test innings.

Before being removed, Babar struck two more boundaries, both with the field far back: a six over wide long-on off Jayasuriya, and a four through square leg.

After he failed to successfully flick the ball against Theekshana with his leg, the ball finally smacked him on the front pad in front of middle and off.

The ball appeared to be slamming into the stumps during the replay. Earlier, Jayasuriya terrorized Pakistan’s middle order, causing their innings to become unstable.

Azhar Ali was dropped on the first ball, but two balls later in the morning’s first over, he was dismissed leg before wicket.

He kept bowling from the fort end throughout the opening session, quickly removing Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, and debutant Agha Salman.

Before Mahesh Theekshana was able to get past his defenses and dismiss Babar Azam for LBW, he had completed his seventh Test century and added 24 runs after tea to cut Pakistan’s deficit over Sri Lanka to just four runs.

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However, it was Jayasuriya’s straight ball, which sparked numerous LBW appeals, that had made him genuinely lethal in the opening session.

Jayasuriya’s fast turn and significant bounce off the straight caused batters to routinely play and miss.

Comeback Like Dinesh Chandimal if you can:

Dinesh Chandimal is one of the most amazing batters Sri Lankan have ever produced. Chandimal, who scored 206* against Australia, became the first Sri Lankan to get a double century against the nation.

The previous best individual score for Sri Lanka against Australia was 192 by Kumar Sangakkara in the 2007 Hobart Test.

Not only the Chandimal smacked the manic 162*, who in 2015 turned an unwinnable match against India by sweeping and reverse-slapping Sri Lanka out of a third-innings hole.

Not only the slow-burn Chandimal, who once blasted 155 from a 372-yard target in Abu Dhabi or 132 off a 356-yard target in Colombo.

Not just the Chandimal of the forward-moving 1950s, where the burden of completion is placed on someone else.

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Chandimal’s batting had certain moments that made the people think of his blitzkrieg performance against Australia less than a week prior.

The battle-weary former captain, who was supposed to be a back-ender but sometimes didn’t act like one, sliced, pulled, swept, and drove his way to a score even though he had to share a lot of his 115-ball 76 with Theekshana.

After losing their ninth wicket a few overs earlier, Sri Lanka was at its lowest point when his innings reached its zenith.

When Chandimal saw that runs were collecting at a low rate, he hit Naseem Shah for three consecutive boundaries.

His 22nd Test fifty came with a beautiful front-foot clip that penetrated deep square leg and deep fine leg and bounced to the ropes.

Yasir Shah’s Comeback is a sigh of relief for Pakistan:

Yasir Shah coming back for Pakistan is one of the important things occurred in this first Test. Yasir accomplished something truly extraordinary.

Timing and faith have a role in the solution. When Pakistan figured out how to turn the UAE, their new home, into a fortress, Yasir was at his best, and his playing style was ideal for it.

Although Nawaz and Yasir each took eight wickets, the hosts now have enough runs and historical precedent to feel secure. With their 91-run partnership, Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando laid the groundwork for Sri Lanka’s progress.

Despite some incredible leg break bowling from Yasir Shah and a first-ever five-wicket haul from Mohammad Nawaz, Pakistan’s position in this game is growing increasingly shaky. On a pitch that is noticeably turning, they are currently 333 runs down, and they still need to get rid of one opposition wicket. In Galle, 268 is the most successful pursuit, and 300 is the best score of any sort in the fourth inning.

But Sri Lanka picked up the pace, in part because Kusal got his own fifty early in the second session.

Yasir kept hitting aggressive sweeps and straight singles toward the outfield until he was run out at number 76 and hit the best ball of the game, a quick, big-spinning leg break that pitched well outside leg but ripped to beat the outside edge and cut the off stump.

The second Test of the series will be from 24th July in Galle.

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