Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan 1st test, day 3: topics of conversation

Stumps mean Pakistan dominates Day 3 in Galle. At the Galle International Stadium, the sky darkened, prompting the referees to call off the day’s game. It was another productive day for Pakistan as they secured a lead in the friendly after initially struggling with 101/5 in their innings. A notable comeback of the guests was spearheaded by Saud Shakeel, whose exceptional double century took Pakistan’s total to 461. A total of 254 runs were scored today, with five wickets lost. The game began after a delayed start and Agha Salman and Saud Shakeel resumed their partnership for Pakistan. Both batsmen showed positive intentions and put their footwork to good use. The Sri Lankan bowlers conceded chances early, allowing the Pakistani batsmen to close the gap. Kasun Rajitha, in particular, delivered a high number of no-balls in the opening session and failed to build pressure. Shakeel capitalized on the plight of the Sri Lankan bowlers and reached his second Test century in the 56th over.


Sri Lanka finally broke through when Ramesh Mendis sacked Agha Salman for 83 points, ending their 177-year partnership for the 6th wicket. Noman Ali joined Shakeel and together they tied the deficit just before lunch. Sri Lanka has exhausted both reviews and has been unable to appeal a decision that could have resulted in Noman’s dismissal. In the afternoon session, Mendis struck early again, dismissing Noman Ali for 25 followed by the wicket of Shaheen Afridi for 9. Despite these breakthroughs, the Sri Lankan bowlers failed to create a collapse as Shakeel and Naseem Shah held out in the final hour of the session . Sri Lanka’s effort was also underperforming, allowing Shakeel to achieve his highest Test score. Naseem played a supporting role and survived the second session.

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With the second new ball, the Sri Lankan spinners found a little more twist and bounce, but Shakeel and Naseem led Pakistan past the 400-run mark. The duo turned the shot well while a wagging tail further boosted Pakistan’s overall score. Ramesh Mendis fired Naseem, who had shown great resilience, for 6. Shakeel, undefeated since 208, continued to accumulate runs and hit his first double-century. Abrar Ahmed played aggressively but was killed in the process, resulting in Pakistan being ejected for 461. Ramesh Mendis stood out as the bowler of choice for Sri Lanka, hitting a five-wicket run with scores of 5/136. In Sri Lanka’s second inning, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madushka weathered a rough patch before fading light meant the Stumps were called. Sri Lanka are still 135 runs behind at the end of day three and face a challenging task the following day.

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