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SL vs PAK | This Pakistan team had to overcome a statistical Everest to prove the world wrong: Ramiz Raja

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With the victory, Pakistan have returned to third spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with only South Africa and Australia ahead of them.

Abdullah Shafique scored 160 not out during 1st Test against Sri Lanka

Abdullah Shafique scored 160 not out during 1st Test against Sri Lanka. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Abdullah Shafique remained unbeaten on 160 in 1st Test
  • Prabath Jayasuriya took 9 wickets in two innings
  • Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in 1st Test

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja heaped praise on the Men in Green after their historic victory over Sri Lanka at Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan rode on Abdullah Shafique’s unbeaten 160 to record their second highest ever successful run-chase on Wednesday, when Babar Azam’s men chased down 342 in the first Test against Sri Lanka to take a 1-0 lead. Pakistan’s highest target (377) came against the same opponent back in 2015 in Pallekele.

“This #teamPakistan had to overcome a statistical Everest to prove the world wrong at Galle and they did !! Great run chase. Congrats @babarazam258. And Pakistan may have found the next batting superstar in Abdullah Shafique @imabd28. So calm and organised and classy,” Raja said.

With their victory in the first Test, Pakistan have returned to third spot in the ICC World Test Championship table, with only South Africa and Australia ahead of them. Meanwhile, the loss resulted in Sri Lanka losing their number three spot. The Island nation has slipped to No. 6, below Pakistan (3rd), India (4th) and West Indies (5th).

Pakistan needed 120 runs to win the match on the fifth day with seven wickets in hand. In the first half an hour, Sri Lanka lost both of their remaining reviews. Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan batted with caution and added 48 runs before Prabath Jayasuriya finally trapped Rizwan.

Sri Lanka bagged two more wickets in Agha Salman and Hasan Ali, but victory was on the cards for Pakistan as they defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets.

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