On Thursday, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 246 runs in the second Test to tie the series at 1-1 after falling to Pakistan in the opener. AFP Sport examines the Pakistan visit in five key areas. Extend Babar Azam’s spectacular run of form to nearly single-handedly drive their two-match series. To get the squad off to the best possible start, Azam’s 119 and 55 put them in command after they had to chase down a record of 342. After Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne, the 27-year-old star batsmen has a Test batting average of over 63 in the last year. Sri Lanka won Second Test Match against Pakistan is news of the day. Read out the complete details down below.
Sri Lanka won Second Test Match against Pakistan
In both one-day internationals and Twenty20s, he is the world’s top-ranked player. Abdullah Shafique’s match-winning 160 not out in the first Test made it a series to remember for Pakistan, but Azam was far from the only standout among the tourists. In chasing the Galle record total, Shafique, 22, batted with patience and determination, and Azam believed the batsman is headed for the top. Fast bowler Naseem Shah claimed five wickets in the second Test to add to Pakistan’s constant supply of fast bowling talent, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is now 19 years old. It was a shock to both teams, playing four back-to-back Tests in Galle against Australia and Pakistan on four drastically different pitches. When Sri Lanka’s opening against Australia was thrown away by a violent turner, they bounced back to win on a pitch that had turned.
Sri Lanka’s spin coach Piyal Wijetunge claimed the “wicket turned flat” on days four and five after Pakistan chased down the Galle record in the first match. For much of the second game, Pakistan appeared confident in their ability to chase down 508 before their batting crumbled. However, Azam said that the pitch had “no demons.” Jayasuriya, the King of Spin As of his third Test, Sri Lanka’s Prabath Jayasuriya has now taken four five-wicket hauls, making him the new spin king of the island. As a result of his left-arm spin, the 30-year-old claimed 17 wickets in the series, including three dismissals of Pakistan batsman Saeed Azam. With the help of Ramesh Mendis, Jayasurya has amassed an impressive 29 wickets in three Tests since his debut against Australia earlier this month. Ramesh took nine wickets in the encounter as a spinner.
In the first Test, he scored 76 and an unbeaten 94, but it was his 80 in Sri Lanka’s opening innings that set the stage for their dominance and victory on Thursday. Although Chandimal has been in and out of the Sri Lanka team since being dismissed as captain in 2017, the 32-year-old has stayed cool and serene. When he scored 206 not out in the series against Australia, he declared he was “mentally strong” because he had the backing of his family and friends.