Test cricket returned to Pakistan after a decade, but the rain ruined the party for the country fans as the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan ended up as draw in Rawalpindi. Babar Azam and Abid Ali hit tons to make sure the fans had something to cheer.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat 1st. Their 1st inning lasted till the morning session of day-5. Sri Lanka batted for 97 overs, putting 308/6 in the rain halted innings. Dhananjaya de Silva remained unbeaten on 102 while Dimuth Karunaratne scored 59.
For Pakistan, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up two wickets each.
Pakistan lost an early wicket, but Azhar Ali stitched in with Abid Ali for a fifty-run stand. After Azhar Ali’s departure, in came the pillar of Pakistan batting line-up, Babar Azam. He, along with Abid Ali, batted superbly. Both of them brought up their hundreds to lighten up the Pindi stadium.
Abid Ali, who was making his debut, became the only batsman in history to score a ton on ODI as well as Test debut.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test — What Did The Captains Say
Azhar Ali, Pakistan skipper: We were all happy with the way our batsmen batted today. Everyone tried to apply themselves and congratulations to Abid Ali and Babar on the milestone. I was feeling confident, looked good, and got out. It’s never good to be in that situation. I got some confidence; hopefully, I can build on it in the next game. The good thing about this bowling attack is they look threatening most of the time. They get movement off the seam and in the air as well, but Test cricket demands consistency for a longer period, and we are working on that. I want to thank all the crowd who came out to support Test cricket in Pakistan. It’s fascinating to see, and it’s a special feeling, and we had been missing this as a bowler or a batter, we didn’t have this kind of backing before. We had to wait for 9-10 years; it’s unfortunate but happy moment as well, it started at least.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lankan skipper: The batters did well, and unfortunately, a couple of days got washed out. We have some positives, want to learn from our mistakes, and move on. Lahiru and Kasun bowled well. We need to look at the positives and see how it goes in Karachi; hopefully, it won’t rain. I want to thank all the Pakistan fans, they supported us as well, and those are the things you look forward to in cricket. They were excellent and humble, and we love the Pakistan fans, and we hope to get the same support in Karachi as well.