Shafique’s super 160* seals Pakistan’s victory against Sri Lanka

Prabath Jayasuriya's another fine effort with the ball fails to prevent the hosts from defeat

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GALLE: Abdullah Shafique’s resolute 160 not out enabled Pakistan to down Sri Lanka by four wickets on a tense rainy day on the fifth and final day of the first Test of the two-match Test series on Wednesday.

A tense final morning, in which Pakistan had 120 to get with seven wickets in hand, began with the closest call. Mohammad Rizwan, coming forward to a Prabath Jayasuriya delivery, saw the ball slip between bat and pad before passing within a couple of centi-metres of the off bail.

There were plenty of other moments to fray Pakistani nerves. In the third over, Abdulah Shafique was hit on the back leg by Jayasuriya, raising a voracious lbw appeal. Sri Lanka reviewed the not-out decision, but the ball was shown to be climbing over the stumps. Several overs later, once Pakistan had whittled the requirement down to double figures, another Jayasuriya ball that passed Rizwan’s outside edge prompted another big appeal, and another burned review.

When he was on 128, Shafique thought a ball that erupted from a length and beat the keeper had gone towards the boundary, and began to take off for a run, before hastily turning back. Had Dhananjaya de Silva, who had caught that ball at slip, connected with his shy at the stumps, Shafique would have been out.

And then there was the rain. A large black cloud parked itself over the stadium when Pakistan had about 25 to get. Not willing to let his almost 400-ball innings end in a rain-affected draw, Shafique came down the pitch and tried to launch Dhananjaya de Silva over deep midwicket, and only ended up skying it to Kasun Rajitha, who came in a few metres off the boundary and dropped it.

But through all this, though three wickets fell, and though Pakistan had to scrap for the last 40 runs, Shafique’s continued presence meant that they always had the chase in hand. He largely batted on day five much like he had the previous day – watchfully, strategically, and with a staunch refusal to give away his wicket.

In the early parts of the day, he had let Rizwan spur Pakistan forward with his sweeps, and a couple of breezy cover drives. During their partnership of 71, which put Pakistan within 65 runs of victory, Shafique made only 23 runs, and struck just the solitary boundary. Rizwan made 40, and was eventually out lbw to a Jayasuriya slider.

With the lower-middle-order batters, Shafique was no different, sticking with the strategy of waiting out the good balls, and creating single options, occasionally by coming down the track, or by going deep into his crease.

When debutant Agha Salman and Hasan Ali – who had been promoted to hit some big shots – were out in quick succession with 41 still to get, Shafique was still resolute. Only in that final stand with Mohammad Nawaz (of the ones he was involved in, on day five), did Shafique outscore his partner, passing 150 for the first time in his career, with 25 still to get.

The final obstacle in Pakistan’s way was the rain. With 11 required, the dark cloud that had forced a hurried shot out of Shafique unleashed a torrent. But the heavy rain lasted only minutes, and it soon became clear that play would resume, which it did following a delay of about 90 minutes. Shafique fittingly hit the winning runs, a slap through the covers to take him to 160 not out off 406.

Of Sri Lanka’s attack, Jayasuriya seemed for large parts of the day to be the only bowler capable of taking wickets, with Ramesh Mendis unable to exert consistent pressure, while Maheesh Theekshana was milked for runs as well. Dhananjaya de Silva assisted Jayasuriya the best with some quiet overs.

If last week’s innings win against Australia had made Sri Lanka confident in their spin attack, this chastening defeat has been a reality check. This remains an inexperienced group. Jayasuriya was the best of them again, taking 4 for 135 from 56.2 overs. Ramesh Mendis and Dhananjaya claimed a wicket apiece.

SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS 
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Oshada Fernando  c †Mohammad Rizwan b Hasan Ali 35 49 77 5 0 71.42
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) b Shaheen Shah Afridi 1 7 14 0 0 14.28
Kusal Mendis  c †Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 21 35 57 3 0 60.00
Angelo Mathews  c Naseem Shah b Yasir Shah 0 15 30 0 0 0.00
Dinesh Chandimal  c Yasir Shah b Hasan Ali 76 115 174 10 1 66.08
Dhananjaya de Silva  b Shaheen Shah Afridi 14 28 34 2 0 50.00
Niroshan Dickwella † c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 4 7 1 0 100.00
Ramesh Mendis  c †Mohammad Rizwan b Naseem Shah 11 41 50 1 0 26.82
Prabath Jayasuriya  lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 3 9 7 0 0 33.33
Maheesh Theekshana  c †Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi 38 65 100 4 1 58.46
Kasun Rajitha  not out 12 32 53 1 0 37.50
Extras (b 1, lb 3, nb 3) 7
TOTAL 66.1 Ov (RR: 3.35, 306 Mts) 222
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 2.6 ov), 2-60 (Kusal Mendis, 14.5 ov), 3-60 (Oshada Fernando, 15.1 ov), 4-68 (Angelo Mathews, 20.5 ov), 5-99 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 29.3 ov), 6-103 (Niroshan Dickwella, 31.1 ov), 7-130 (Ramesh Mendis, 42.3 ov), 8-133 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 43.6 ov), 9-177 (Dinesh Chandimal, 54.5 ov), 10-222 (Maheesh Theekshana, 66.1 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Shaheen Shah Afridi 14.1 3 58 4 4.09 0 0
Hasan Ali 12 2 23 2 1.91 0 0
Naseem Shah 13 0 53 1 4.07 0 3
Yasir Shah 21 4 66 2 3.14 0 0
Mohammad Nawaz 6 2 18 1 3.00 0 0
PAKISTAN 1ST INNINGS 
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique  lbw b Jayasuriya 13 47 63 2 0 27.65
Imam-ul-Haq  lbw b Rajitha 2 16 31 0 0 12.50
Azhar Ali  lbw b Jayasuriya 3 41 46 0 0 7.31
Babar Azam (c) lbw b Theekshana 119 244 312 11 2 48.77
Mohammad Rizwan † c †Dickwella b RTM Mendis 19 35 45 3 0 54.28
Agha Salman  lbw b Jayasuriya 5 15 19 1 0 33.33
Mohammad Nawaz  c Fernando b Jayasuriya 5 18 20 0 0 27.77
Shaheen Shah Afridi  lbw b Jayasuriya 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
Yasir Shah  c de Silva b Theekshana 18 56 46 1 0 32.14
Hasan Ali  c Chandimal b RTM Mendis 17 21 29 0 2 80.95
Naseem Shah  not out 5 52 131 1 0 9.61
Extras (b 5, lb 1, nb 1, w 5) 12
TOTAL 90.5 Ov (RR: 2.40, 376 Mts) 218
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Imam-ul-Haq, 6.2 ov), 2-21 (Abdullah Shafique, 14.5 ov), 3-24 (Azhar Ali, 18.3 ov), 4-64 (Mohammad Rizwan, 29.1 ov), 5-73 (Agha Salman, 32.6 ov), 6-85 (Mohammad Nawaz, 38.3 ov), 7-85 (Shaheen Shah Afridi, 38.4 ov), 8-112 (Yasir Shah, 51.5 ov), 9-148 (Hasan Ali, 59.6 ov), 10-218 (Babar Azam, 90.5 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Kasun Rajitha 11 2 42 1 3.81 1 1
Maheesh Theekshana 25.5 6 68 2 2.63 0 0
Prabath Jayasuriya 39 10 82 5 2.10 0 0
Ramesh Mendis 13 2 18 2 1.38 0 0
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 0 2 0 1.00 0 0
SRI LANKA 2ND INNINGS 
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Oshada Fernando  c Babar Azam b Yasir Shah 64 125 173 6 1 51.20
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 16 29 44 2 0 55.17
Kasun Rajitha  lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 7 12 10 1 0 58.33
Kusal Mendis  b Yasir Shah 76 126 168 9 0 60.31
Angelo Mathews  c Babar Azam b Mohammad Nawaz 9 25 30 1 0 36.00
Dinesh Chandimal  not out 94 139 221 5 2 67.62
Dhananjaya de Silva  b Yasir Shah 20 20 29 2 1 100.00
Niroshan Dickwella † b Mohammad Nawaz 12 11 15 2 0 109.09
Ramesh Mendis  b Mohammad Nawaz 22 32 32 2 0 68.75
Maheesh Theekshana  c †Mohammad Rizwan b Hasan Ali 11 57 71 0 0 19.29
Prabath Jayasuriya  b Naseem Shah 4 25 50 1 0 16.00
Extras (b 1, nb 1) 2
TOTAL 100 Ov (RR: 3.37, 424 Mts) 337
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 10.3 ov), 2-41 (Kasun Rajitha, 12.6 ov), 3-132 (Oshada Fernando, 42.2 ov), 4-164 (Angelo Mathews, 50.3 ov), 5-178 (Kusal Mendis, 55.1 ov), 6-218 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 61.1 ov), 7-235 (Niroshan Dickwella, 64.2 ov), 8-267 (Ramesh Mendis, 72.4 ov), 9-308 (Maheesh Theekshana, 88.6 ov), 10-337 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 99.6 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Shaheen Shah Afridi 7 2 21 0 3.00 0 0
Mohammad Nawaz 28 2 88 5 3.14 0 0
Agha Salman 16 1 53 0 3.31 0 0
Yasir Shah 29 2 122 3 4.20 0 0
Hasan Ali 12 3 19 1 1.58 0 0
Babar Azam 1 0 9 0 9.00 0 0
Naseem Shah 7 0 24 1 3.42 0 1
PAKISTAN 2ND INNINGS (Target: 342 runs)
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique  not out 160 408 524 7 1 39.21
Imam-ul-Haq  st †Dickwella b RTM Mendis 35 73 117 3 0 47.94
Azhar Ali  c de Silva b Jayasuriya 6 32 40 0 0 18.75
Babar Azam (c) b Jayasuriya 55 104 158 4 1 52.88
Mohammad Rizwan † lbw b Jayasuriya 40 74 101 2 0 54.05
Agha Salman  c †Dickwella b Jayasuriya 12 35 40 1 0 34.28
Hasan Ali  c Theekshana b de Silva 5 4 4 1 0 125.00
Mohammad Nawaz  not out 19 34 52 1 0 55.88
Extras (b 5, lb 7) 12
TOTAL 127.2 Ov (RR: 2.70, 524 Mts) 344/6
Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Imam-ul-Haq, 28.5 ov), 2-104 (Azhar Ali, 39.1 ov), 3-205 (Babar Azam, 78.5 ov), 4-276 (Mohammad Rizwan, 103.1 ov), 5-298 (Agha Salman, 113.3 ov), 6-303 (Hasan Ali, 114.2 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Kasun Rajitha 9 2 18 0 2.00 0 0
Prabath Jayasuriya 56.2 10 135 4 2.39 0 0
Ramesh Mendis 33 0 102 1 3.09 0 0
Maheesh Theekshana 14 2 44 0 3.14 0 0
Dhananjaya de Silva 15 1 33 1 2.20 0 0
MATCH DETAILS
Galle International Stadium
Toss Sri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season 2022
Player Of The Match
Pakistan

Abdullah Shafique

Series result Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Match number Test no. 2472
Match days 16,17,18,19,20 July 2022 – day (5-day match)
Test debut
Agha Salman
Agha Salman
Umpires
Sri Lanka

Kumar Dharmasena

South Africa

Marais Erasmus

TV Umpire
Australia

Rod Tucker

Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka

Raveendra Wimalasiri

Match Referee
New Zealand

Jeff Crowe

Points Pakistan 12, Sri Lanka 0

 

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