KARACHI, Dec 21: Abid Ali and Shan Masood became only the third opening pair for Pakistan to hit centuries in the same innings as Pakistan turned the tables on Sri Lanka in the second and final Test in Karachi on Saturday.
Abid, nicknamed “legend” in Pakistan’s dressing room, hit 174 for his second hundred in as many Tests – becoming the first Pakistani and ninth batsmen overall to score two centuries in his first two Tests.
When the third day’s play ended Pakistan were in a strong position with 395-2, having an overall lead of 315 after conceding an 80-run lead in the first innings.
Watch Highlights: Day 3, 2nd Test, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Karachi, 2019
Skipper Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 57 – his first fifty in 14 innings – and Babar Azam on 22 not out.
It was a day of batsmen’s dominance as Pakistan added 338 runs after resuming at 57-0 on a National stadium pitch which dried up to help batting.
Masood blasted 135 for his second century in his 19th Test as the duo put on 278 for the opening wicket, just 20 short of equalling the highest opening stand for Pakistan of 298.
Pakistan 1st Innings: 191
Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 271
Pakistan 2nd Innings: Shan Masood c Oshada b Kumara 135, Abid Ali lbw b Kumara 174, Azhar Ali not out 57, Babar Azam not out 22. Extras: (LB-5, W-2) 7. Total: (For two wkts, 103 overs) 395.
Fall of wickets: 1-278, 2-355. Bowling: Fernando 21-2-84-0, Kumara 22-5-88-2, Embuldeniya 36-2-136-0, Perera 17-1-63-0, De Silva 7-0-19-0.
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