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18-Jul-2023 15:47:00 GMT
SL v PAK - 1st Test, Galle

Shakeel double-hundred gives 1st innings lead to Pakistan

Sri Lanka 312 (Dhananjaya 122, Mathews 64, Abrar 3-68, Afridi 3-86, Naseem 3-90) and 14 for 0 (Madushka 8*, Karunaratne 6*) trail Pakistan 461 (Shakeel 208*, Salman 83, Ramesh Mendis 5-136) lead by 135 runs

Galle: Saud Shakeel made an unbeaten double century to put Pakistan in the driving seat in the Galle Test at stumps on day three.

Shakeel completed a double hundred while batting alongside No.11 Abrar Ahmed and remained unbeaten on 208 when the last wicket fell. Pakistan took a decisive 149-run lead that could prove to be crucial as the Test goes on.

The Pakistan middle-order batter resumed on 69* and continued the visitors' recovery from 101/5.

The pair were separated with the score on 278 when Agha Salman fell for 83, but Shakeel carried on for Pakistan.

His double century is the 45th by a Pakistan batter in Test cricket and just the second in the last seven years. Abid Ali had made 215* against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2021.

Shakeel is also only the second Pakistan batter to score a double-century in his first Test match away from home.

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