SL vs PAK: Babar Azam completes 3,000 runs in Test cricket
SL vs PAK: Babar Azam, the captain and leading scorer for Pakistan, reached the milestone on Tuesday.
Azam achieved this milestone during the opening test matchup against Sri Lanka in Galle. Before being dismissed for 55 runs off 104 balls by the spinner Prabhath Jayasuriya, Azam scored a superb half-century, his 22nd in Test cricket.
He has now amassed 3,025 runs at an average of 47.26 in his 73 Test innings. In the game’s longest format, he has seven centuries and twenty-two half-centuries.
Coming to the match, 342 runs have been set as Pakistan’s goal to win the game. With Mohammad Rizwan at 7* and Abdullah Shafique at 112*, the visitors concluded Day four at 222/3 and are on track to achieve their goal.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s second innings saw them bowled out for 337 runs. Kusal Mendis (76) and Oshada Fernando (64), in addition to Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 94*, both produced half-centuries to give Sri Lanka a 341-run lead. Yasir Shah took 3/122, while Mohammed Nawaz finished with 5/88 for Pakistan.
Pakistan was earlier dismissed for just 218 in their first innings. For his team, skipper Azam fought alone and scored 119 runs. Other athletes were unable to surpass 20 runs.
With a score of 5/82, Prabath Jayasuriya continued his incredible run with the ball. Ramesh Mendis and Maheesh Theekshana, both spinners, also claimed two victims. One wicket taken by Kasun Rajitha.
Prior to this, Sri Lanka decided to bat first and scored 222 runs in total. Oshada Fernando (35) and Maheesh Theekshana (38) made significant contributions, but it was Dinesh Chandimal’s valiant innings (76) that helped the Lankans reach a decent total.
With a 4/58 record, pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was Pakistan’s best bowler. Naseem Shah and Mohammed Nawaz only managed to secure one wicket each, while Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah both claimed two.