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History of Pakistan winning the Galle Test

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  • 20 July, 2022 23:40:11

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Sports Desk: The Pakistan team led by Babar Azam has emerged as one of the superpowers of the cricket world at present. The latest example of which was the record run chase win against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test. The record of winning by the highest score of 268 runs was held by the host Sri Lanka. They chased this run against Sebar New Zealand in 2019. And England set the record for the highest number of runs chased by a visiting team in Tests. In 2021, Joe Root's team won the match by scoring 164 runs in the last innings. As a result, the target of 342 runs in front of Pakistan was giving way to chasing the average runs. However, Babar Azam's party was not afraid of defeat. Chasing that run, the visitors picked up a great win by 4 wickets. As a result, Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. By the end of the fourth day of the Galle Test, Pakistan were well on their way to making history. The visitors ended the day at 222 for 3 thanks to an unbeaten century by opener Abdullah Shafiq. As a result, 120 runs were needed to win on the last day, with 7 wickets in hand. Centurion Shafiq along with Mohammad Rizwan made the way to victory much easier with a partnership of 71 runs from 146 balls. However, after Rizwan returned to 40, Pakistan lost two more wickets in a short period of time and was under some pressure. Centurion Abdullah Shafiq shouldered that pressure alone. This opener left the field after winning the team in a career-best innings. His marathon innings of 160 off 408 balls had 6 fours and 1 six. Pakistan were 11 runs away from victory as rain struck once. When the match was stopped for almost an hour, there were fears about the victory of the visitors. But after that apprehension, the game finally started. Pakistan has the last laugh. Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 222 runs in the first innings by Pakistani bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi. In response, Pakistan lost 7 wickets for 85 runs. From there the visitors went all the way to 218 in an epic fightback by captain Babar. In the second innings, when the Lankans made a challenging collection of 337 runs, Pakistan's goal was to make history. Pak opener Abdullah Shafiq made that difficult task easy. Short score Sri Lanka 1st innings: 222/10 in 66.1 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 76, Mahish Thiksana 38, Osada Fernando 35; Shaheen Shah Afridi 4/58) Pakistan 1st innings: 218/10 in 90.5 overs (Babar Azam 119, Mohammad Rizwan 19; Prabhat Jayasuriya 5/82) Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 337/10 in 100 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 94*, Kushal Mendis 76, Osada Fernando 64; Mohammad Nawaz 5/88, Yasir Shah 3/122) Pakistan 2nd innings: 344/6 in 127.2 overs (Abdullah Shafiq 160*, Babar Azam 55, Mohammad Rizwan 40; Prabhat Jayasuriya 4/133) Result: Pakistan win by 4 wickets. Man of the Match: Abdullah Shafiq.

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