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Three-day game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka Cricket XI ends in a draw

Abdullah Shafique's fine 63 remains highlight of the final day

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COLOMBO: Opener Abdullah Shafique hit 63 off 111 balls on the last day of the three-day warm-up match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka Cricket XI at the Colts Cricket Club Ground here on Wednesday.

Pakistan, in their second innings, were 178 for two on stumps as the match ended in a draw. Abdullah, who has a century and four half-centuries to his name in Test cricket, and Imam added 61 runs for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed for 30.

Abdullah was retired out after smashing five fours and two sixes. Azhar Ali was also retired out after scoring 40 off 75 (three fours). Earlier Sri Lanka XI declared on 375 for eight at Lunch. Minod Bhanuka scored 32, Sahan Arachchige made 28 and Chamika Karunaratne scored 27. Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi took a wicket each.

Pakistan will depart for Galle tomorrow (Thursday) for the first of the two Test matches against Sri Lanka. The first match will be played from 16-20 July. The tourists will then return to Colombo to play hosts at R. Premadasa International Stadium in the second Test, which begins on 24 July.

The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship cycle.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan’s first innings 323 all out, 100 overs (Babar Azam 88, Salman Ali Agha 55, Azhar Ali 43, Mohammad Rizwan 31, Saud Shakeel 30; Lakshitha Manasinghe 4-85, Dilshan Madushanka 2-59, Lasith Embuldeniya 2-83) and 178-2 in 50 overs in 2nd innings (Abdullah Shafique 63 retired, Azhar Ali 40 retired, Imam-ul-Haq 30); Sri Lanka Cricket XI 375-8d, 99 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 91, Nuwanidu Fernando 78, Nishan Madushka 57; Mohammad Nawaz 2-24)

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