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Pakistan team out for 218 in Galle Test, Babar Azam’s century

Pakistan’s batting line also proved to be weak on the second day of Galle Test match. One after another, other players started returning to the pavilion, but Babar Azam played a brilliant innings of 119 runs by showing the best batting and took the team out with difficulty.

On the second day of the Galle Test, Pakistan started their first incomplete innings with 24 runs and 2 wickets. In which Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were on the wicket, but the Pakistani batsmen looked under pressure and could not stand on the crease for long and one wicket after another started falling.

Most of the players could not get into the line of double runs and returned to the pavilion only on single runs.

Amidst rapidly falling wickets, national team captain Babar Azam stood firm and made it difficult for the host team. Babar Azam scored a century and played a brilliant innings of 119 runs while taking out the national team.

Sri Lankan bowler Jayasuriya took 5 wickets while demonstrating excellent bowling. 4 of which were lbw.

At the end of the first day of the first test match, in response to the Sri Lankan team’s 222 runs, the first two wickets of Pakistan had fallen.

The salami batsmen of the national team, Abdullah Shafiq and Imamul Haq, were dismissed after scoring 13 and 2 runs. At the end of the game, the national team had scored 24 runs while captain Babar Azam 1 and Azhar Ali are at the crease with 3 runs.

Pakistan need 198 more runs to end Sri Lanka’s lead with 8 wickets remaining.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. The first wicket of the host team was taken by Shaheen Afridi and the opener batsman Dimath Karuna Ratne bowled. He could only score one run.

Sri Lanka’s other player Ushada Fernando was caught out by Hasan Ali after scoring 35 runs. He played 49 balls and hit 5 fours while the third player to be dismissed, Kushal Mendis scored 21 runs and was caught out by Yasir Shah. By that time the Sri Lankan team could score only 60 runs.

Sri Lanka’s fourth player Angelo Mathews returned to the pavilion without scoring a run. He was also dismissed by Yasir Shah. Fifth player Dhanja De Silva was clean bowled by Shaheen Afridi after scoring 14 runs.

The hosts’ sixth wicket fell to a total of 103 runs when Shaheen Afridi dismissed Dick Wella. Dickwella could only score 4 runs off 4 balls. The seventh wicket was also taken by Yasir Shah when he dismissed Ramesh Mendis for 11 runs.

Sri Lanka’s eighth wicket fell to Prabhat Jayasuriya, who was bowled lbw by Mohammad Nawaz. Dinesh Chandimal played well and finally managed to score a half-century off 83 balls. Dinesh Chandimal scored 76 runs with the help of a six and 10 fours and was caught out by Hasan Ali.

Sri Lanka’s last batsman Mahesh Thakshana played a good game and scored 38 runs to be dismissed by Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The best bowling performance in the first innings was Shaheen Shah Afridi who dismissed 4 players while Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali took 2 wickets each.

Before the start of the match, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and decided to bat first and said that the pitch is favorable for batting and will try to make a big score in the first innings and put the Pakistani team under pressure.

National team captain Babar Azam said that all-rounder Salman Ali Agha is making his debut for Pakistan while Muhammad Nawaz and Yasir Shah have returned to the national team.

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