In the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle, Pakistan won in a very surprising way. The visitors scored the highest run chase at the site. Abdullah Shafique of Pakistan was the star of the show with a great batting performance on a tough surface. The Pakistani batter’s captain, Babar Azam, praised his performance after the game, calling it “classy.”
When Sri Lanka set a target of 342 on a hard surface at Galle, they were the clear favorites to win the first game of the series, which was still going on for almost two days. But in recent Test matches, teams have been trying to get close to a high score in the fourth innings. Pakistan was part of this trend.
Shafique led the way for the visitors, and he stayed unbeaten on 160, which helped his team win in a way that had never been done before. His 101-run partnership with the team’s captain, Babar, was very important. The Sri Lankan bowlers were frustrated by how well he and Babar played against spinners. The young captain gave a lot of praise to the batter and to young Naseem Shah, who had a 70-run partnership with his captain in the first innings and showed a lot of courage.
“In the first innings, we did a good job with the ball. I should thank the tailenders, especially Naseem Shah, for the help they gave me. We were just trying to work together, like a team. Even though he is young, he has a lot of class. It’s great to see him do well,” Babar said in the press conference after the game.
Abdullah Shafique talks about how he played with Babar Azam
Shafique, who was the best player at the time, talked about his experience in the middle and praised all of his teammates. He also talked about how dangerous the Sri Lankan spinners were with the new ball, which gave them more bounce and turned sharply. Pakistan was in a bit of trouble near the end of the chase, but the young player kept his cool and led the team to a big win in the first game of the series.
“I’m glad we were able to chase. Congratulations to everyone on the team for going after this record. We had a simple plan: we had to go get the runs. It wasn’t easy at first, but it got easier as time went on. Spinners were a little harder to play with the new ball. One of the best things in the world is Babar. From him, we’ve learned so much. I liked hitting with him in the middle,” he said.
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