Abid Ali scores maiden ton as Pakistan, First test match draw

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

15th Dec, 2019. 10:26 pm
CRICKET-PAK VS SRI LANKA

RAWALPINDI: Abid Ali, Pakistani opener became the first batsman to score hundreds on Test and one-day international debut.

The first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka played in Pindi ended without any results

Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 308 for 6 in reply Pakistan scored 252 for 2 in their first innings at the end of the last day.

Abid finished with 109 not out and Babar Azam was unbeaten on 102 as Pakistan scored 252-2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 308-6 declared.

On 95, the 32-year-old hit paceman Vishwa Fernando for a boundary and then drove him through cover for two to complete his hundred, raising his hands in jubilation before bowing down on the ground.

His feat came on the fifth and final day at Rawalpindi stadium and follows his 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year.

Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood for nought when he drove a full toss from pacer Kasun Rajitha straight into the hands of Dinesh Chandimal at cover, while skipper Azhar Ali scored a shaky 36 before he was caught off paceman Lahiru Kumara.

Dhananjaya finally completed his sixth Test century in the morning.

The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas for his 15th boundary to bring up the hundred in his 28th Test.

De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come in with the score on 127-4 on Thursday. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.

The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah, who took 2-92, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.

The second Test is in National Stadium Karachi from 19th December, 2019.

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