In a sensational display of skill and determination, Pakistan’s promising young batsman, Shakeel, showcased his immense talent as he notched up a remarkable double century on the third day of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. His heroic innings propelled Pakistan into a commanding position, leaving the hosts struggling to find a way back into the match. Shakeel’s exceptional form continued as he recorded his second consecutive century in as many Test matches.
At the end of the third day’s play, Shakeel stood tall and undefeated on a phenomenal score of 208 runs. His masterful innings was characterized by authoritative strokes and remarkable composure, proving that the 24-year-old batsman possesses the temperament to excel at the highest level of the game.
Following a 461-run day on Tuesday, Saud Shakeel became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double hundred in Sri Lanka, giving the visitors control of the first test.
Sri Lanka, trailing by 149 runs after the first innings, cut the deficit to 135 runs by the time it reached 14 for no loss by day’s end.
Since making his debut in December, he has played in six tests and scored two hundred, one hundred, and five half-centuries. His average is a Bradmanesque 98.5.
By forming crucial partnerships with the lower middle order and the tail after the top order failed, Shakeel served as the backbone of Pakistan’s innings.
At 101-5, Pakistan had no intention of taking the lead in the first innings, but Shakeel and Agha Salman scored 177 runs to help his team. The 173-run partnership between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq in Dubai in 2017 was surpassed by the current partnership, which was a record for Pakistan for the sixth wicket versus Sri Lanka.
Only two foreign players have more innings in Galle than Shakeel: Chris Gayle of the West Indies (333) and Joe Root of England (228).
As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the continuation of this enthralling Test match, Shakeel’s breathtaking innings will undoubtedly be the talking point in cricketing circles worldwide. With his outstanding form and unwavering determination, Shakeel has firmly placed himself in the driver’s seat, steering Pakistan towards a potential victory in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka.