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Pakistan’s Shafique’s Double Ton Dominates 2nd Test

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Pakistan’s Shafique’s Double Ton Dominates 2nd Test

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Pakistan cricket stars, Abdullah Shafique and Agha Salman, orchestrated an incredible display of batting skills that has placed their team in an authoritative position in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, counting Shafique’s double ton that dominated in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka. As the sun set on day three, the scorecard displayed a formidable 563-5, giving Pakistan a commanding 397-run lead after dismissing the Sri Lankan hosts for a paltry 166 in their first innings.

The star of the show, opener Abdullah Shafique, made a mark for his name with a spectacular double-century. With his amazing strokes and impressive focus, the right-hander amassed an incredible 201 runs, including 19 fours and four towering sixes. In doing so, Shafique achieved the milestone of becoming the third-youngest Pakistani player to notch a Test double ton, joining the esteemed company of legends such as Javed Miandad and Hanif Mohammad.

Agha Salman, not to be outdone, put on a batting masterclass of his own, playing with his sublime form resulting in a mesmerizing unbeaten knock of 132 runs in just 148 balls. His innings was studded with 15 boundaries and a six, further solidifying Pakistan’s grip on the Test match.

However, the day’s proceedings were not without some concern, as Saud Shakeel, who contributed a valuable 57 runs, departed from the crease. In another disheartening moment, former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had to retire hurt after a brutal blow to the head during the second session. The right-hander, who was unbeaten on 14, was struck on the helmet by the first ball he faced. Sarfaraz’s exit paved the way for Mohammad Rizwan to take the field as a concussion substitute and contribute an impressive unbeaten 37 runs.


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The Test match also witnessed an extraordinary feat by Saud Shakeel as he became the first-ever batter to score a half-century in each of the first seven Tests of their career. This achievement places Shakeel in illustrious company, alongside cricketing greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Saeed Ahmed, Basil Butcher, and Bert Sutcliffe, who previously achieved the feat of scoring half-centuries in their first six Tests.

On the bowling front, Pakistan’s pace duo, Naseem Shah (3-41) and Shaheen Afridi (1-44), wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka’s top-order, reducing them to a precarious 36-4 during the hosts’ first innings. Dhananjaya de Silva was the lone warrior for Sri Lanka, mustering a respectable 57 runs, while his teammates struggled to reach double digits against Pakistan’s disciplined bowling attack.

In contrast, Pakistan’s batting lineup displayed remarkable composure and aggression, scoring at an impressive rate throughout the match. Opener Imam-ul-Haq’s short stint came to an end with a mere six runs, but Abdullah Shafique partnered effectively with Shan Masood (51) to establish a dynamic 108-run stand, firmly keeping the visitors in control.

“The captain supports me a lot, and all of the players. After the first innings, he came and had a chat with me which was immensely helpful,” Shafique said. “What you have in mind is you play aggressively no matter the bowler.”

Despite Sri Lanka’s attempts to find respite through Asitha Fernando’s wickets, including the dismissal of Masood, Pakistan’s batsmen continued to assert their dominance, ensuring the team’s stranglehold on the game.


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