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Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Dhananjaya de Silva reaches ton before Sri Lanka declare
Pakistan opening batsman Abid Ali made history on his debut by scoring a century in the rain-affected drawn first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Abid scored an unbeaten 109 off 201 balls to become the first batsman in international cricket to score a hundred in both his ODI and Test match debuts. Pakistan’s premier player Babar Azam also continued his rich batting form and made an unbeaten 102 off 128 balls as Pakistan scored 252-2 before the match ended. Sri Lanka had earlier declared their first innings on the fifth day morning at 308-6 in bright sunshine after bad weather badly affected the first four days of Pakistan’s first Test. Sri Lankan right-hander De Silva, stuck on 87 since the third day, reached the thee-figure mark with a sublime cover drive off fast bowler Mohammad Abbas and remained unbeaten on 102. The pick of the Pakistan bowlers was 16-year-old quickie Naseem Shah, who took 2-92, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
Earlier, with the sun shining brightly for the first time in five days, Sri Lanka declared its first innings soon after Dhananjaya de Silva hit his sixth Test hundred. Only 91.5 overs were possible on the first four days as rain, bad light and overcast conditions affected play. The fourth day was abandoned without a ball being bowled. All four Pakistan fast bowlers were among the wickets with Shaheen Afridi (2-58) and 16-year-old Naseem Shah (2-92) sharing four strikes between them. Debutant left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari finished with 1-54 while Abbas got 1-72. SriLankan bowler Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara both got one wicket each on the final day. The drawn game earned Pakistan 20 points in the ICC World Test Championship -- its first points in the WTC. Sri Lanka stretched its points tally to 80 after they got 60 points from the 1-1 drawn test series against New Zealand at home. The second Test is in Karachi starting December 19.
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