Rock Solid Imam Led Pakistan To Go Up Against Sri Lanka

Rock Solid Imam Led Pakistan To Go Up Against Sri Lanka
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Pakistan won the first test against Sri Lanka in the first test. Rock Solid Imam Ul Haq led Pakistan to go up in the series.

Sri Lanka tried to toughen things for Pakistan on the fifth day but they managed to chase the target with the help of a good inning by Imam.

He scored an unbeaten half-century and did not allow Sri Lanka to turn the table.

Pakistan started the fifth day on 48 for 3. They required 83 more runs to win the match and lead the series. 

They were in the same situation as they were in 2009, chasing a target of 168 runs but were blown away on 117.

The skipper Babar Azam and Imam started the proceeding and shared 41 runs for the fourth wicket but the skipper was trapped by Prabath Jayasuriya. He scored 24 runs.

After the skipper casualty, Imam was joined by the first-inning double-centurian Saud Shakeel. Both the players played with much confidence and added 43 valuable runs for the fifth wicket.

Saud Shakeel had scored 30 from 38 deliveries when he was caught behind. He had done his job as Pakistan needed only nine more runs to win. 

At this stage, the wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed joined Imam. He was picked up very soon when he tried to sweep the ball and was caught by Kusal Mendis.

In the meanwhile, Imam completed his well-deserved 11th test half-century, facing 84 deliveries.

Agha Salman hit the ball out of the ground for Six to stamp the victory against the home side.

Saud Shakeel was declared man of the match for his wonderful 208 not out inning.

Remember that Sri Lanka won the toss and scored 312 runs in the first inning. In reply, Pakistan gained a handsome lead over the home side with the help of a double-century by Saud Shakeel.

Sri Lanka scored 279 runs in the second inning and set a target of 131 for Pakistan and rock-solid Imam led Pakistan to go up in the series.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam praised Saud Shakeel for his match-winning knock. He said that they lost early wickets and were at the tight corner but  Saud adsorbed the pressure very well. 

He admitted that the wicket was not easy to play but Saud made it very easy for himself.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne applauded Dhananjaya for his 122 in the first inning and 82 in the second. In spite of this performance, Rock Solid Imam Led Pakistan To Go Up Against Sri Lanka

He said that they should learn from Dhananjaya how to bat in tough conditions. 

He said that the situation could have been different if any other player had taken responsibility with Dhananjaya.

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