Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Saud Shakeel achieved a rare milestone in red-ball cricket during day 3 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in the two-match series in Galle. Saud Shakeel scored a magnificent hundred in his first away game in the game’s longest format.
Pakistan took out the opposition with 312 runs after winning the toss at the Galle International Stadium in Galle. In response, the Babar Azam-led team struggled early on, losing four wickets for just 73 runs. Pakistan captain Babar Azam managed to score just 13 runs off 16 balls.
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Saud Shakeel achieves a rare milestone
Saud Shakeel he contributed to a 28-run partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Khan for the fifth wicket. Sarfaraz was dismissed for Prabath Jayasuriya’s bowling after scoring 17 runs from 15 balls. However, Shakeel and Agha Salman helped the team gain an early innings lead.
The duo went on to form a 177-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Agha Salman scored 83 runs off 113 balls and fell just 17 runs shy of a well earned century. Meanwhile, Shakeel reached his century in the 56th of the innings, marking his first century in overseas conditions.
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The lefty accomplished a remarkable feat by becoming the fifth batter in history to score fifty or more in each of his first six games. He knuckled under immense pressure and crossed the 150 mark. He led the team to a 77 lead at Tea on Day 3 on Tuesday, July 18.
The 27-year-old went unbeaten at the crease with 161 runs, along with Naseem Shah, who scored 1 run from 39 balls. Shakeel and Naseem added an unbeaten partnership of 43 runs for the ninth wicket. The Pakistan cricket team ended the second session of the third day with a score of 389/8.
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Shakeel made his debut for Pakistan during the Test series against England at home last December. The left-handed hitter has shown immense consistency in his brief career, crossing the fifty-run mark seven times in 11 innings. He has crushed two centuries and five fifty in Tests.
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