Pakistan came to the top of the World Test Championship when they beat Sri Lankans earlier today at Galle International Cricket Stadium. It was an exciting test match with many comebacks from both teams. But in the end, the Pakistan cricket team had the last laugh.
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By winning this test match, Pakistan is now toe to toe with previous world test championship finalists: India. India won their first test match of this World Test Championship against West Indies. The hero of that test match can be the young debutant who scored a 100 on his debut.
Pakistan also has their hero in the shape of Saud Shakil, who scored a double ton in Galle during Pakistan’s first innings, saving Pakistan from a shameful batting debacle.
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Pakistan and India – Toe to Toe
Pakistan and India are now looking each other in the eye after Pakistan defeated the hosts in an exciting Test match at Galle.
Both teams won their first test matches in this circle of WTC, ending with 12 points after completely thrashing their opponents.
Fans were on the edge of their seats the whole time. Both the hosts and the visitors made sure that the match was entertaining. And this takes us to the performance of men in green in this test match.
Performance in Test vs Sri Lanka
We can say that Pakistan cricket fans can never get used to the unpredictability of the green shirts. Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets before they could reach the 60 runs, yet they pulled themselves up to 312 thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews. Shaheen Naseem and Abrar shared 3 wickets each.
The 2nd inning was a de ja vu of what happened to Sri Lanka as Pakistan lost early wickets. But the show’s stars, Saud Shakil and Agha Salman, managed to put considerable runs on the board to take Pakistan to 461 runs. Saud Shakil scored the humongous 208 runs in this inning.
Pakistan had a considerable lead, but Sri Lanka managed to target 131 runs for the visitors. It could have been worse, but the spinners came to the rescue, and now Pakistan had a tiny target between them and the victory.
The 4th inning is Galle isn’t easy for the batters. The ball started to turn on the 5th day, and Ramesh Mendis and Prabath Jayasuria were out for blood.
Thankfully, Imam’s 50 steered Pakistan to a win with 4 wickets in hand.
The visitors, Pakistan Cricket Team, lead the 2-match series by 1-0. Sri Lanka had an impeccable record at Galle, losing only two test matches in 6 matches they had played previously. It was their iron fortress. But the knights in green broke through the walls and won the exciting test match by 4 wickets.
Now it is up to the hosts if they can mimic what they did last year and tie the series by defeating Pakistan in this tour’s 2nd and final test match.
Whatever the result, you will get the latest update on this website. So stay tuned!