Saud Shakeel’s Century Rescues Pakistan In First Test Against Sri Lanka

In a remarkable comeback, Pakistan’s Saud Shakeel played a magnificent innings to rescue his team in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. After Sri Lanka posted a total of 312 runs in their first innings, Pakistan had a difficult start, losing four wickets with only 73 runs on the board.

Despite a decent start from former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, his departure in the 21st over left Pakistan in a precarious position at 101 for five. However, Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman formed a crucial partnership, steadying the innings and building a valuable 177-run stand for the sixth wicket. Their partnership brought Pakistan closer to Sri Lanka’s first innings score.

Agha Salman fell short of a century, departing after an impressive 83 runs off 113 balls. However, Saud Shakeel went on to complete a commendable century, which was not only his first overseas hundred but also his second in Test cricket. Additionally, Shakeel became only the fifth batsman in history to score at least a fifty in each of his first six matches.

Since his debut in December of the previous year, Saud Shakeel has established himself as a key player in Pakistan’s Test team. While he has played delightful innings at home, his century under immense pressure in overseas conditions demonstrates his incredible ability.

At the time of writing, Pakistan is well on their way to gaining a first-innings lead, with the team placed at 283 for six. Saud Shakeel remains unbeaten on a remarkable 103 runs, while Noman Ali is at the crease on 2 runs.

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Saud Shakeel’s outstanding performance in this Test match not only highlights his individual brilliance but also signifies his importance as a vital contributor to Pakistan’s Test setup. The team will look to capitalize on their strong position and build a substantial lead as the match progresses.

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