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Pakistan's Remarkable Triumph in Galle Test: Shakeel's Double Century Shines

 Pakistan's Remarkable Triumph in Galle Test: Shakeel's Double Century Shines

Shakeel double century. Pakistan beaten Sri Lanka 2023. Pakistan win Galle test due to Shakeel double century rocking performance. 

In a thrilling display of skill and resilience, Pakistan claimed a sensational four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle International Stadium. The visitors now lead the two-match Test series 1-0, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

After bowling out Sri Lanka for 312 runs in their first innings, the Pakistani bowlers, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Abrar Ahmed, put on a formidable performance with each claiming three wickets.

However, Pakistan faced a tough challenge when they took the crease on day two, losing five wickets with just 101 runs on the board. Yet, the emergence of a hero was on the horizon. Saud Shakeel showcased an extraordinary display of batting prowess, crafting an unbeaten 208 runs, rescuing his team from a precarious position.

What made Shakeel's feat all the more impressive was that it was only the second instance in history at the Galle International Stadium where a team lost five wickets for 101 runs or fewer and still managed to amass more than 400 runs in their first innings. 

Coincidentally, the previous record-holder for this remarkable achievement was Pakistan, who scored 417 in 2015 under similar circumstances.

Saud Shakeel's brilliance not only secured Pakistan's dominance in the match but also earned him the well-deserved "Player of the Match" award. Alongside his outstanding first-innings double century, Shakeel also contributed crucial 30 runs in the second innings, solidifying his reputation as a rising star in the cricketing world.

In addition to Shakeel's heroics, notable performances came from Asad Shafiq, who scored a defiant 131, and Sarfaraz Ahmed, who contributed a vital 96 runs. Even Zulfiqar Babar, batting at number 10, made his presence felt with a well-fought half-century.

With the ICC Test Championship 2023-25 in the mix, the anticipation for the second match of the series at Singhalese Sports Club in Colombo from July 24 to 28 is sky-high. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await another exhilarating showdown between these two formidable teams as they vie for supremacy in the Test arena.

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Pakistan's Remarkable Triumph in Galle Test: Shakeel's Double Century Shines

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