Saud Shakeel scored a century in an aggressive manner and, along with his partner Agha Salman, helped Pakistan surpass Sri Lanka’s first inning total in a rain-affected Test match. The tourists were at 313-6 during lunch, one run ahead of Sri Lanka. The start of the day’s play was delayed due to rain and a waterlogged field in Galle.
Saud Shakeel, who began the day at 69 runs, reached 119 not out with Noman Ali on 13 at his side. This century was Shakeel’s second in Test matches, achieved through a partnership of 177 runs with Salman. However, Salman was dismissed stumped by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis when he was on 83.
Shakeel and Salman rescued Pakistan from a troublesome position of 101-5 on the second day by facing the Sri Lankan spinners, particularly Prabath Jayasuriya who took three wickets on Monday, including that of captain Babar Azam. Both Shakeel and Salman scored runs quickly and hit boundaries, but the scoring rate dropped after Salman’s dismissal.
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