Twitter Reactions: Abid, Babar tons cap-off Rawalpindi Test on a grand note

Dhananjaya de Silva also sparkled with his sixth Test century.

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Needless to say, that rain dominated proceedings in Pakistan’s opening Test against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi. Three out of the five days saw the heavens opening up. However, the Pakistan fans didn’t return completely empty-handed after Babar Azam and Abid Ali scored tons on the fifth day. The Test was drawn, but the hosts opened their account in the Test Championship with 20 points.

Dhananjaya de Silva comes to the party

Such was the wrath of rains that Sri Lanka’s first innings hadn’t completed before the start of the fifth day. With the score at 282/6 in 91.5 overs, Dhananjaya de Silva (102*) and Dilruwan Perera (16*) resumed proceedings. The visitors played only 5.1 overs before declaring at 308/6 in 97 overs. De Silva got to his sixth Test ton off 165 balls and a delivery later, the Lankans decided to declare.

For Pakistan, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi were the most successful, picking up two wickets each. Mohammad Abbas and Usman Shinwari got one wicket each. Pakistan didn’t have the greatest of starts as Kasun Rajitha pinned Shan Masood for a duck. Azhar Ali (36) looked good after which he fell prey to Lahiru Kumara. From there on Babar Azam (102*) and Abid Ali (109*) weaved magic.

Abid Ali and Babar Azam make hay

The duo played exceptionally and made sure that Pakistan don’t lose any more wickets. Abid got to his half-century off 95 balls and it didn’t seem as if he was playing his maiden Test match. The right-hander put his head down and went on to score his first ton off 183 balls. His knock was laced with 11 fours. The 32-year-old from Lahore, Punjab also went on to become the Player of the Match.

Babar, on the other hand, looked fluent as well, and carried on his form from Australia where he scored his second ton in The Gabba Test. Babar was the more fluent off the two, playing at a strike-rate of 79.68. He got to his fifty off 70 balls and then took only 48 balls to get to his century off 118 balls. Babar smacked 14 boundaries. An over later, both teams shook hands at around 4:23 pm.

Here is how Twitterati praised Abid and Babar