On 26 July 2023, all eyes were on Babar Azam when he came out to bat on day three of the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo. After day one, he was not out on eight overs. Then, on day two, only 10 overs of the game happened and the Pakistan skipper added 20 runs.
But, he managed to add only 11 runs more as Babar got out on 39 runs during the morning session of day three. Interestingly, it was Prabath Jayasuriya who took his wicket and now, in seven innings, he has taken the wickets of the Pakistan skipper six times. As per stats, the star Pakistan batter has struggled to face this Lankan spinner.
Babar Azam was trapped LBW by Prabath Jayasuriya
In seven innings, he has scored only 172 runs off 324 balls, including 19 fours and four sixes, at an average of 28.7. In this innings, fans were eagerly waiting for the battle between these players. However, Babar managed a good start as he hit two fours along with a six coming down the track. On the fourth delivery of the 40th over, Jayasuriya produced an edge but the ball fell short of the slips. But, in the end, Jayasuriya had the last laugh when he trapped Babar LBW on the fifth delivery of the 48th over.
Babar Azam went for a straightforward defence but the ball did not turn as it went with the arm. It hit the pads and the umpire did not hesitate at all to raise his finger. Meanwhile, the Pakistan skipper went for a review but it turned out to be a plumb LBW decision as it was three reds and Babar went for 39 runs off 75 balls, including four fours and one six. Speaking of the match, Pakistan reached 511 runs for five wickets in 122 overs as Agha Salman was on the crease after notching up a century along with Mohammad Rizwan.
Here is how fans have reacted:
Not a bad record. Smith averages 26 vs Rabada
— Salfee (@Salfee12) July 26, 2023
— Sami Khan (@SamiKhan3119) July 26, 2023
Name me any modern day player who doesn't have issues against a particular bowler??? No one is perfect.
— Troll cricket unlimitedd (@TUnlimitedd) July 26, 2023
— Akif (@KM_Akif) July 26, 2023
Remember pant finished career of 2 sla of lanka last year. Also excited him vs jaisurya.
— Vaibhav (@Vaibhav9668) July 26, 2023
6 times in 7 inng pic.twitter.com/hDe3r6JTma
— Fahadhasan Mushfiqur (@Fahadhasan55) July 26, 2023
Pal pal pal Babar toh Fab 4 mein hai na , kya matlab road pe banaya hua run ki value nahi hogi 😭😭😭
— Raazi (@Rg86037221) July 26, 2023
No Pakistan highway no party for zimbu
— Rishabh (@goelrishabh53) July 26, 2023
He is saving his best for the world cup and Asia cup.
— Y/S!R^ (@Lofted_driv) July 26, 2023