Younis anchors Pakistan a record run-chase to win the series in Sri-Lanka76 views
KANDY: Pakistan’s Mr. Experience Younis Khan anchored his side to the victory with his 171*, a record run-chase by Greenshirts earned them their first ever Test series win at Sri-Lankan soil since 2006.
Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bowl first, the idea was to bowl-out Sri-Lanka as quickly as possible. And guess what, the Greenshirts bowling attack succeeded as they booked the Islanders on the 1st innings total of 278 runs.
The man with the golden arm Yasir Shah again took a five-wicket haul, followed by Rahat Ali who took three wickets and part-timer Azhar Ali who bagged two. Karunarutne(130) was the highest runs scorer for Sri-Lanka in their 1st innings with a brilliant century.
On day two of the decider, Pakistan came to bat for their 1st innings. But they couldn’t kept their nerves very long, as Greenshirts were bowled-out on their 1st innings total of 215 runs trailing by 63 runs. The highest runs scorer for Pakistan was Sarfraz Ahmad(78*), Dhamika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and off-spinner Kaushal took 3 wickets a peace.
Sri-Lanka started batting for their 2nd innings on day three, they lost a couple of early wickets but they quickly came back and got control of the match. It was looking like as if they will win the third Test and the series by 2-1 quite comfortably, but this time it wasn’t Yasir Shah who came to the party.
Imran Khan picked a quick five-wicket haul and put Pakistan right back into the driving seat, Sri-Lanka posted a total of 377 runs for Greenshirts to win the match and their first ever Test series on their home soil after six years. Captain Angelo Mathews(122) was the highest runs scorer for the Islanders in their 2nd innings with a under pressure century.
Pace-man Imran Khan clinched five, Rahat Ali and Yasir Shah bagged two and Ehsan Adil picked 1 wicket respectively. After watching their batting performance in the 1st innings, Pakistan were looking no where near to chase down a record total of 377 runs.
Greenshirts came to bat for their 2nd innings on day four of the third Test match, they lost two early wickets as opening batsman Ahmad Shehzad(0) and Azhar Ali(5) fall quickly. Then the situation changed dramatically as Shan Masood and Younis Khan kept their nerves and gave a third-wicket batting stand of 242 runs, both of them completed their centuries.
It was a maiden century for left-handed batsman Shan Masood and 30th Test century for Younis Khan, he became the first Pakistan batsman to score 30 hundreds. Younis also became the first batsman ever to score a fifth 4th innings hundred and the second Pakistani to score 150 runs in the 2nd innings after Javed Miandad.
The man of crisis Younis Khan(171*) was firmly supported by Shan Masood who lost his wicket on 125 runs on fifth day of the decider and then Younis was supported by his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq(59). They both stood at the crease with their nerves of steal and ended the match not-out.
Pakistan have won the Test series by 2-1 against the Islanders in Sri-Lanka after nine years by chasing a record total of 377 runs, Greenshirts are now third in the ICC Test Team Rankings.