SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle

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SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle
SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle

SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle

SL vs PAK: In Galle, Abdullah Shafique led Pakistan to a historic victory over Sri Lanka with a spectacular 160*.

At the start of Day 5, Sri Lanka needed seven wickets and Pakistan needed 120 runs to complete the highest successful run chase (in Tests) at the Galle International Stadium. A couple close calls, outstanding bowling, and the hosts losing both of their remaining reviews made up the first 30 minutes of the action.

First, Prabath Jayasuriya delivered a slider that hit Centurion Abdullah Shafique on the back pad. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena informed the bowler of the height. However, Sri Lanka requested the review because the game was in the balance and Shafique’s prized wicket was on the line. Replays revealed that the ball had bounced over and was missing the wickets, saving Shafique from being declared LBW.

A few more overs later, Jayasuriya struck with another gorgeous delivery, drifting the ball in and using the bounce to spin it away. The ball appeared to be very close to the bat when Mohammad Rizwan tried to defend it in front of the bat. A caught-behind dismissal appeal was made by the Sri Lankan team, but the umpire was unperturbed. Sri Lanka used their final review, however the UltraEdge display was flat and didn’t indicate that the ball had made contact with the bat. Sri Lanka was left trapped with no reviews while Rizwan lived.

SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle
SL vs PAK: Pakistan script historic win with record chase in Galle

In Galle, Sri Lanka and New Zealand’s 268-run fourth-innings chase in that year was the previous-highest successful fourth-innings chase. This was the first time a team at the location successfully completed a goal of over 300.

Rizwan proved to be a dependable batting partner for established player Shafique as they both batted cautiously to bring their team near to victory. They added 48 runs in the first hour, leaving them with just 72 to go.

When he successfully trapped Rizwan in front, Jayasuriya attained his first wicket. Rizwan walked back after scoring a strong 40 off 74 balls despite Pakistan reviewing the decision, which went Sri Lanka’s way. Agha Salman was killed by the spinner just before noon, and Pakistan closed the morning session on 298/5. After the break, Hasan Ali was caught in the deep, and the visitors lost another wicket.

But Pakistan was going to win, and Shafique made sure to bat all the way to the end with a spectacular 160*, his greatest innings total in Test cricket, to assist his team secure a record chase. After six Test matches, Shafique’s knock propelled him to No. 4 on the all-time record of most runs scored. With 718 runs, he trails George Headley (730), Sir Don Bradman (862), and Sunil Gavaskar (912).

Highest successful run chase in Tests at Galle

Year
Target 
Team
Opposition
2022
342
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
2019
268
Sri Lanka
New Zealand
2021
164
England
Sri Lanka
2014
99
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
2010
95
Sri Lanka
India

Prior to the start of this Test, Pakistan was in fourth place with 52.38 percentage points and Sri Lanka was third with 54.17 percentage points, just behind leaders South Africa and Australia.

Pakistan surged to No. 3 with 58.33 percent points after the stunning victory. Due to the defeat, Sri Lanka dropped three spots from No. 3 to No. 6, behind Pakistan, India (52.08 percent), and the West Indies (50 percent ).