Babar Azam, Abid Ali score 100s as match ends in draw
RAWALPINDI (AFP) – Pakistan’s Test against Sri Lanka, their first at home since the attack against the same visitors in 2009, ended in a draw Sunday after being badly affected by the weather.
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.
At tea, Pakistan reached 177-2 at tea in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 308-6. Abid scored 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year.
Bad weather hit the Test on all previous four days and only 91.5 overs were played as rain, bad light and overcast conditions affected the game. The fourth day was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
But there was bright sunshine on Sunday as Sri Lanka batted for 20 minutes to declare their first innings at 308-6 with middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva scoring an unbeaten 102.
With gates opened to the crowd for free, about 12,000 fans were kept entertained by Dhananjaya and then Abid.
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 will be held in Karachi from December 19.