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Defiant Babar Azam Ton Leads Pakistan Combat Again In First Check vs Sri Lanka | Cricket Information


Pakistan skipper Babar Azam made a defiant 119 to thwart a Sri Lankan spin assault led by Prabath Jayasuriya on day two of an evenly poised first Check on Sunday. Azam single-handedly took the vacationers to simply 4 runs in need of Sri Lanka’s 222 as he placed on a 70-run tenth-wicket stand with Naseem Shah, who made 5 not out from 52 balls, in Galle. Sri Lanka have been 36 for one at stumps after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne fell lbw to left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, for 16.

Oshada Fernando, on 17, and nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha, on three, have been batting when unhealthy gentle stopped play for the day with the hosts main by 40 runs of their second innings.

Jayasuriya was Sri Lanka’s go-to spinner as he claimed his third successive haul of 5 wickets or extra to rattle the opposition batting, which slumped to 85-7 earlier than lunch after which 148-9 within the second session.

However Azam stored up the battle and reached his seventh Check century with a 4 and single off thriller spinner Maheesh Theekshana as he jumped to have a good time.

Theekshana, who took two wickets, lastly obtained the star batsman trapped lbw to finish the Pakistan innings on 218 within the ultimate session.

Azam obtained assist from the lower-order batsmen together with Yasir Shah (18), Hasan Ali (17) and Naseem, as Pakistan managed 133 runs from the ultimate three wickets.

Azam, who started the day on one, shielded quantity 11 Naseem by dealing with a lot of the balls in a defiant present of batting. He hit quick bowler Rajitha for 3 straight boundaries and later a six and 4 off Theekshana and Jayasuriya.

For Sri Lanka it was a style of their very own drugs after they’d fought again from 133-8 on day one, when Pakistan left-arm fast Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4 wickets.

Pakistan resumed the day on 24 for 2 when play began half-hour late due to rain and Azhar Ali may solely survive three balls earlier than he was trapped lbw by Jayasuriya.

Debutant Salman Ali Agha’s keep lasted simply 15 balls earlier than he was out leg earlier than to a different sliding supply from Jayasuriya having scored 5.

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Jayasuriya, 30, then struck on successive deliveries to take away Nawaz and Shaheen Shah Afridi earlier than Yasir survived the hat-trick ball.

Jayasuriya, who took 12 wickets on debut in a series-levelling Check win over Australia final week on the identical venue, six in every innings, turned the primary Sri Lankan bowler and eighth general to assert three five-wicket hauls in his first two Checks.

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