ICC WTC 2022-23: Big movement in World Test Championship standings after Sri Lanka beat Pakistan
ICC WTC 2022-23: Sri Lanka has climbed into the top five of the ICC World Test Championship standings after crushing Pakistan by 246 runs in the second Test at Galle.
Both sides won one match each in the two-Test series between the two countries, which has been entertaining. With a four-wicket victory in the first Test, Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the series. By chasing 342, the visitors improved their hopes of competing in the World Test Championship final the following year, moving up to third place in the standings, while Sri Lanka fell to No. 6.
The rankings are now inverted, with Sri Lanka moving up to third place with a win percentage of 53.33 and Pakistan falling to fifth with a win percentage of 51.85.
With a PCT of 71.43 percent, South Africa continues to dominate the table, followed by Australia at 70 percent. When South Africa plays England in a three-match Test series next month, they stand a decent opportunity of expanding the lead.
Prabath Jayasuriya, a left-armer who made his Test debut earlier this month, was the mastermind behind Sri Lanka’s 246-run victory. He has taken 29 wickets in his six Test innings, including four five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket match haul.
The wily spinner, who scored the most runs in the first innings with 62, took 3/80 in the first innings, including the wickets of the dangerous Babar Azam (16) and Agha Salman. Ramesh Mendis’ five-for helped Sri Lanka restrict Pakistan to just 231, giving them a 147-run advantage after the first innings.
Pakistan then given a tough mark of 508, which the hosts successfully chased down with a strong batting display headed by century Dhananjaya de Silva (109). At the end of day four, the visitors had put on a confident 89/1. On day five, Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed early, but a fantastic partnership of 78 runs between Babar and Mohammad Rizwan allowed them to easily go through the day’s opening hour.
However, the momentum turned back in the hosts’ favour inside a span of seven overs. Rizwan was first dismissed by Jayasuriya for 37, Fawad Alam run out (1) by a terrible mix-up. And three overs later, at the start of lunch, Agha Salman (4) caught out by Jayasuriya.
Pakistan’s situation dramatically deteriorated following the break. Captain Babar Azam, their lone combatant, was Jayasuriya’s fourth victim after losing to him for a tough 81. Ramesh Mendis removed Mohammad Nawaz for 12 in the subsequent over.
With a quick-fire knock of 27, Yasir Shah attempted to postpone the inevitable, but Jayasuriya had other ideas. Eighth and ninth wickets lost in a three-ball span. As Sri Lanka romped to a 246-run victory. Naseem Shah put up an 18-run stand for the final wicket, but too little, too late for the visitors.
Ramesh Mendis recorded a match haul of 9/148, while Prabath Jayasuriya finished with an 8/197.