A double century by Saud Shakeel puts Pakistan on Top in the Sri Lanka Test

Saud Shakeel smashed his maiden double century in a Test match against the Sri Lanka cricket team as Pakistan stretched their lead to a dominant 149 runs on Tuesday. Sri Lanka bowled out the tourists for 461 in the final session after a frustrating ninth-wicket stand of 94 between Shakeel, who remained unbeaten on 208, and Naseem Shah, who made six off 78 balls. The 27-year-old Shakeel, who is playing his sixth Test, ruled as he cut Dhananjaya de Silva for a boundary to bring up his double century to a standing ovation. The hosts ended the day on 14 for no loss after bad light stopped another rain-affected day. Sri Lanka still trails Pakistan by 135 runs in their second innings.
Nishan Madushka, on eight, and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, on six, were batting at the close of play.
The Sri Lankan bowlers, led by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis, who ended with a five-wicket haul, hit back in the second session, but Shakeel combined with the lower order, including a 52-run seventh-wicket stand with Noman Ali, who made 25.
Both Shakeel and Salman scored runs briskly and hit regular boundaries, but the run rate dipped after the departure of Salman.



Jul 18, 2023 3:57 PM