Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Defiant Azam ton leads Pakistan fight back on day two

After Jayasuriya’s five-wicket haul, the Pakistan skipper led from the front to help side avoid a big first-innings deficit in the first Test match.

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam (R) is congratulated by his teammate Naseem Shah after scoring a century.

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam (R) is congratulated by his teammate Naseem Shah after scoring a century. | Photo Credit: AFP

After Jayasuriya’s five-wicket haul, the Pakistan skipper led from the front to help side avoid a big first-innings deficit in the first Test match.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam made a defiant 119 to thwart a Sri Lankan spin attack led by Prabath Jayasuriya on day two of the first Test on Sunday.

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Azam single-handedly took the tourists to just four runs short of Sri Lanka's 222 as he put on a 70-run 10th-wicket stand with Naseem Shah, who made five not out from 52 balls.

The Pakistan tail wags

Pakistan had slumped to 85-7 before lunch, and 148-9 in the second session. But Azam kept up the fight and reached his seventh Test century. Azam got help from the lower-order batsmen, including Yasir Shah (18), Hasan Ali (17), and Naseem, as Pakistan managed 133 runs from the final three wickets.

Theekshana, who took two wickets, finally got the star batsman's wicket to end the Pakistan innings on 218.

Pakistan had resumed the day on 24 for two after a 30-minute delay to start of play due to rain.

Jayasuriya impresses again

For Sri Lanka, it was a taste of their own medicine after they had fought back from 133-8 on day one when Pakistan left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets. Jayasuriya was the hosts' go-to option yet again as he claimed his third successive five-wicket haul. He became the first Sri Lankan bowler, and the eighth overall, to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests.

Prabath Jayasuriya became the first Sri Lankan bowler to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests.

Prabath Jayasuriya became the first Sri Lankan bowler to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. | Photo Credit: AFP

In its second innings, Sri Lanka was 36 for one at stumps, with skipper Dimuth Karunaratne falling lbw to left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, for 16.

Oshada Fernando, on 17, and nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha, on three, were batting when bad light stopped play. The hosts led by 40 runs.

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