Twitter Reactions: Agha Salman and Saud Shakeel’s valiant effort saves Pakistan from crumbling on Day 2
Pakistan are trailing by 91 runs after Day 2.
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Day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan saw Dhananjaya de Silva completing his century after a shaky start from the home team. Courtesy of his brilliant show, the Dimuth Karunaratne-led side posted 312 runs on board. Batting at number 11, Vishwa Fernando played some superb cricket as his 21* runs off 28 deliveries can prove to be really valuable for Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, with the ball, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed picked up three wickets each as their collective effort helped Pakistan get a perfect start. However, when it came to their first innings with the bat, the Babar Azam-led side fell like a house of cards as they were 101 for five at one stage. Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq failed to give the visiting team a good start and later on, the skipper himself and Sarfaraz Ahmed too walked back without making any significant contribution.
After being five wickets down, Agha Salman and Saud Shakeel took control of the situation and played some sensational cricket throughout the day. Both were aggressive in nature and that put Pakistan in the driver’s seat after the end of the day’s play. Shakeel finished the day, scoring 69* while Salman is batting on 61*. Based on their much-needed partnership, Pakistan posted 221 on Day 2 and are now 91 runs behind the Lankan Lions.
Day 3 is going to be extremely important for both teams as it can very well decide the fate of the match. Pakistan will be aiming to take the lead and put the home team under pressure. Meanwhile, Prabath Jayasuriya, who picked up three wickets on the second day, will be hoping to keep up with the momentum and not let Pakistan gain any more advantage. Thus, he will be the key for the home team going forward. Notably, rain once again played spoilsport on Day 2 and the same can be expected in the evening of Day 3.
Here's how Twitter reacted -
Poor Captaincy from Babar Merchants are crying in the Corner, as Babar Azam Promised before the series that he would take Pakistan cricket to new highs, and Pakistan Team is Showing intent🔥♥️. #BabarAzam #PAKvsSL #SLvPAK #PAKvSL #SLvsPAK pic.twitter.com/FZysdVT2hy— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) July 17, 2023
Poor Captaincy Merchants in Mud. Under Babar Azam’s captaincy, Pakistan Team is showing intent which is not a good sign for his haters.— ZIA Khalil (@ZIA_Khalil_) July 17, 2023
#PAKvsSL #SLvsPAK #BabarAzam #BabarAzam𓃵 #PAKvSL
📷 #PAKvsSL pic.twitter.com/DI6gBDiL5a
Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman! What a fight back! Brilliant!#PAKvsSL— Ehsan Malik (@ehsan_ashar) July 17, 2023
1st Test Day 2, Stumps— Mujtaba Hussain Farooqui 🇵🇰 (@iMujtaba786) July 17, 2023
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Pakistan 2️⃣2️⃣1️⃣-5️⃣ After 4️⃣5️⃣overs.
Saud Shakeel 6️⃣9️⃣* runs 8️⃣8️⃣ from balls.
Salman Ali Agha 6️⃣1️⃣* runs from 8️⃣4️⃣ balls.
Pakistan trail by 9️⃣1️⃣runs. #PAKvsSL | #PakistanCricket #WTC25 | #SLvPAK
Wow! Pakistan scoring at the rate of 4.91 on day 2 in SL is commendable. Keep playing positive cricket. I can see change. #PAKvsSL— 𝒜𝒥𝒦 (@AJavikhattak) July 17, 2023
What great cricket we saw from Saud and Agha started by Shan brilliant to watch #PAKvsSL— Israr Sarwar (@IsrarSarwar_) July 17, 2023
Scintillating p'ship so far after an early collapse Agha and Saud have taken us back into this test match. For two it should be the start they must score big, any lead on this pitch will play an important role in the outcome of this game.#PAKvsSL pic.twitter.com/3KrAknj3jI— Taha (@taha_tj30) July 17, 2023
Abhi hamari team thoda set hui thi to barish agayi 🙄🙄 #PAKvsSL— Hania Naz (@IHani56S) July 17, 2023