Ramiz Raja on Pakistan’s victory over Sri Lanka in the Galle Test: “Had To Overcome Statistical Everest”
Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in their match against each other by mounting the largest chase ever at the Galle International Stadium.
Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), praised the victory and said that Pakistan “proving the world wrong” by defeating Sri Lanka in the first Test match in Galle by chasing down 342 runs. The highest-scoring chase in the history of the venue was Pakistan’s. To show the world at Galle incorrect, this #teamPakistan had to climb a statistical Everest, which they successfully did! Wonderful run pursuit,” Raja tweeted. He also congratulated Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique for their outstanding centuries throughout the game.
“Best wishes, @babarazam258. Abdullah Shafique @imabd28 may be the next batting legend for Pakistan. So composed, well-organized, and elegant, “In his tweet, the PCB chairman stated.
This #teamPakistan had to overcome a statistical Everest to prove the world wrong at Galle and they did !! Great run chase. Congrats @babarazam258 .And Pakistan may have found the next batting superstar in Abdullah Shafique @imabd28 . So calm and organised and classy.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 20, 2022
Shafique made an unbroken 160 in Pakistan’s second innings to lead them to victory with four wickets with to spare, while Babar Azam’s heroic 119 ensured that they only lost a four-run first-innings lead.
Shaheen Shah Afridi got four wickets as Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled out Sri Lanka for 222 after winning the toss and choosing to play.
Only Babar Azam’s century and Naseem Shah’s unyielding 52-ball stand helped the visitors avoid being bowled out for a cheap total and put 218 on the board after Prabath Jayasuriya went through Pakistan’s batting order.
Given that they were once down to 85/7, the stoic Pakistan captain staged a spectacular comeback.
However, Sri Lanka recovered well with the bat and appeared to have given Pakistan a sizable goal.
Oshada Fernando (64), Kusal Mendis (76), and Dinesh Chandimal all made half-centuries before they were bowled out for 337, leaving Dinesh Chandimal stranded on 94.
Shafique led Pakistan’s pursuit, batting through and scoring the winning runs, while Babar Azam once again contributed a critical 55-run knock. Additionally, Mohammad Rizwan contributed with a key 40-run inning.
Pakistan has taken a 1-0 series lead. They will now compete in Colombo’s second Test.
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