Pakistan clinched a convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the 1st Test of the 2-match Test series by four wickets at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday, July 20. Sri Lankan bowlers tried hard, but the target was too short to defend. Pakistan will now enter the 2nd Test with a 1-0 lead.
Talking about the match, after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka amassed 312 runs in the first innings thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva’s magnificent century and Angelo Mathews’ 64-run performance. When Pakistan came to bat, their top order struggled to produce anything noteworthy, but their middle-order batters held the fort.
In particular, Saud Shakeel, whose magnificent double century helped Pakistan pass the 400-run mark. Agha Salman, who played an 83-run knock, was a good ally to Shakeel. Prabath Jayasuriya claimed three wickets for Sri Lanka, while Ramesh Mendis claimed a fifer by producing a brilliant bowling display.
A brilliant all-round performance by Pakistan
Although it was predicted that Sri Lanka would score big in the second innings, they were only able to score 279 runs and set a target of 131 runs for Pakistan. The Men in Green got off to a nervous start on the fourth day’s evening. Three early wickets were taken by Sri Lanka, and Jayasuriya was once again at the centre of the action. On Day 5, Pakistan had 83 runs left to score.
On the last day’s morning, opener Imam-ul-Haq and skipper Babar Azam got things off to a good start. They still lost 3 wickets as a result of the quick turn that was available, but Imam remained composed, struck a fifty, and led his team to victory alongside Agha Salman. Shakeel was named Player of the Match for his brilliant double century in the first innings, which helped Pakistan to gain a massive lead over Sri Lanka.
Here’s how fans reacted:
What an achievement 🔥
— Naruto (@naruto17876) July 20, 2023
Greatest moment in their Test history.😌
— TheArcticLad (@ParnishPaul) July 20, 2023
Zimbabar contributing in this win🙂 pic.twitter.com/vtPK8HMorI
— 𝖯𝖺𝗇𝗄𝖺𝗃 𝖠𝗁𝗂𝗋𝗐𝖺𝗋❤️ (@impkdurg26) July 20, 2023
Official father of zimbu pic.twitter.com/fcFWmVN8Yu
— E=MC^2 (@Hyperphysics23) July 20, 2023
Most successful visiting team to Sri Lanka.
— Shaista🌺 (@Shaista2054) July 20, 2023
Srilanka was kind to give it to these people.
— Prafulla Kumar Sahu (@peoplespk) July 20, 2023
Is saal ka kota pura ho gya,They truly believe in ek saal mei ek jeet😂
— Debabrata Shukla (@ImDeb89) July 20, 2023
A national holiday should be declared in Pakistan 😁🤪
— Shivanand chavhan (@shivanand_08) July 20, 2023