SL vs PAK: Pakistan will have to set a world record to win, Babar Azam’s challenge in front of Sri Lanka
Galle. Sri Lanka has strengthened its position in the second Test (SL vs PAK). Chasing a target of 508 runs, Pakistan scored 89 for one in the second innings till stumps on Wednesday. The fourth day’s play was called off early due to poor light, leaving 26 overs to be bowled. Only 6 overs could be bowled after the tee. However, this has dealt a little blow to the hosts, as they will now have to take 9 wickets to win on the last day. Pakistan will have to score 419 more runs to win on the last day. Pakistan is currently leading 1-0 in the 2-match series.
Pakistan got off to a good start in the second innings. Opener batsman Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq shared a 42-run partnership for the first wicket. Shafiq, who played an unbeaten 160 in the first Test, was dismissed on a personal score of 16 runs. Captain Babar Azam again came to the crease and he looked quite comfortable against spin. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar have added 47 runs for the second wicket and are standing at the crease.
Babar and Imam at the crease
After the 28th over of the innings, the Pakistan batsmen told the umpire that they could not see the ball. Imam 46 and Babar 26 were playing when the game was stopped due to bad light. Pakistan will have to make a world record to win this match. The record for the highest chase in the fourth innings is held by West Indies, who chased 418 against Australia in 2003.
Karunaratne completed 6 thousand runs
Earlier, Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 360 for 8 after starting their second innings at 176 for 5. The pair of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne played an important role in giving Sri Lanka a huge target by sharing 126 runs for the sixth wicket. Karunaratne scored his 31st Test fifty during this period and he also became the sixth Sri Lankan batsman to score 6,000 runs in Test career. He got out for 61 runs.
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Dhananjay de Silva (109 runs) scored his 9th Test century, hitting 16 fours. He shared 82 runs for the 8th wicket with Ramesh Mendis. Mendis scored 45 not out off 55 balls. In the match, Sri Lanka scored 378 in the first innings while Pakistan scored 231 runs.
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Tags: Babar Azam, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Pakistan, Sri lanka
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 27, 2022, 19:09 IST