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Pakistan Defeats Sri Lanka To Clinch Test Series 2-0

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Pakistan Defeats Sri Lanka To Clinch Test Series 2-0

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Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka at the SSC, Colombo, securing a comprehensive victory by an innings and 222 runs in the second Test, thus completing a 2-0 Test series sweep. The match concluded within three days, with only ten overs of play on one of the days.

In the opening day’s play, Pakistan bowled out Sri Lanka for 166 in just two sessions. Subsequently, adopting Bazball, Pakistan aggressively piled on the runs, amassing an imposing total of 576-5 declared. The batting highlights included fifties from Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, and Mohammad Rizwan, a century from Agha Salman, and an outstanding double-century from Abdullah Shafique.

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner, Noman Ali, played a pivotal role in their emphatic victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test, leading the rout with seven wickets to help secure an innings and 222-run win, resulting in a 2-0 series sweep.

Noman’s impressive performance saw him claim the first seven wickets, while the fast bowler Naseem Shah took the final three, dismissing Sri Lanka for 188 in the evening session at Colombo. It was a career-best outing for Noman, who was playing his 15th Test match, and it led to Sri Lanka suffering their heaviest Test defeat on home soil.


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Pakistan had set themselves up for a commanding victory by declaring their first innings at 576-5 in just two overs of the morning session, establishing a colossal lead of 410 runs. Opener Abdullah Shafique showcased his brilliance with a remarkable knock of 201, contributing to three century stands in the innings, including a crucial 124-run partnership with Agha Salman, who remained unbeaten on 132.

Sri Lanka started the match on a strong note with an opening stand of 69 runs, but Noman quickly made an impact by dismissing Nishan Madushka for 33 with his first ball of the day and continued to dominate the proceedings. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne added boundaries off Naseem and Shaheen Shah Afridi, while Madushka supported him until his departure.

After lunch, left-hander Karunaratne fell for 41, and Noman went on to dismiss Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal in quick succession. Dhananjaya de Silva made a brief attempt to resist alongside Angelo Mathews, but he was caught out by Abrar Ahmed while attempting a big shot over long-on.

Angelo Mathews fought valiantly, remaining unbeaten at 63, and formed a partnership with Ramesh Mendis before Noman finally got the better of him, stumping him to claim the prized wicket. Notably, Noman had remained wicketless in Sri Lanka’s first innings, where they were bowled out for a mere 166.

Naseem Shah bowled with express pace and effectively used reverse swing with the old ball, missing out on a few close lbw calls before wrapping up the tail with two wickets in one over.

In the earlier part of the day, Pakistan’s concussion substitute, Mohammad Rizwan, scored a quick 50 off 67 balls with three fours in the second over, adding 108 runs with overnight partner Salman.

With this resounding 2-0 away win against Sri Lanka, Pakistan gained a strong advantage in the World Test Championship 2023-25, earning 24 points and claiming the top position on the table. Their arch-rivals, India, sit closely behind, missing out on a 2-0 series sweep due to incessant rain in the Caribbean.


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