First Test Match

PAKISTAN v SRI LANKA 1985-86

At Faisalabad, October 16, 17, 18, 20, 21. Drawn. The newly laid pitch at the Iqbal Stadium was rejected on the morning of the match by Hanif Mohammad, the chairman of Pakistan's selectors, on the grounds that it was dangerous. What followed was a high-scoring game in which only thirteen wickets fell while 1,034 runs were scored. Sri Lanka, after winning the toss, batted into the third day to compile their highest score against Pakistan, 479, De Silva batting for eight and a half hours and hitting three 6s and seventeen 4s. Not out 93 at the close of play on his twentieth birthday, De Silva moved to his maiden Test hundred the following morning with a 6 off Imran. In reply Pakistan were 555 for three when the match was called off soon after tea on the fifth day, Qasim Omar and Javed Miandad having completed their second and third double-centuries respectively. Their partnership of 397 for the third wicket was the eighth highest in Test cricket and the second highest for the third wicket.

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