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1st Test, Galle, July 16 - 20, 2023, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
312 & 279
(T:131) 461 & 133/6

Pakistan won by 4 wickets

Player Of The Match
208* & 30
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Pakistan 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi49110044.44
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi2943696067.44
c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi1214193085.71
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Abrar Ahmed641091729058.71
c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah1650016.66
c Shan Masood b Naseem Shah12221429712357.00
c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman3657685063.15
c Babar Azam b Abrar Ahmed540461012.50
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Naseem Shah429460013.79
c Abdullah Shafique b Abrar Ahmed824391033.33
not out 2128322175.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, nb 1)6
TOTAL95.2 Ov (RR: 3.27)312
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Nishan Madushka, 2.2 ov), 2-22 (Kusal Mendis, 6.4 ov), 3-53 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 14.2 ov), 4-54 (Dinesh Chandimal, 15.2 ov), 5-185 (Angelo Mathews, 48.1 ov), 6-242 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 65.4 ov), 7-257 (Ramesh Mendis, 76.6 ov), 8-282 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 85.6 ov), 9-283 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 87.1 ov), 10-312 (Kasun Rajitha, 95.2 ov) • DRS
2.2 to KNM Fernando, And now he gets his man! 100 up for Afridi! This one was back of a length, and again seaming away. Madushka doesn't make much by way of foot movement and just wafts at this outside off. Gets a thick edge through to Sarfraz.. 6/1
6.4 to BKG Mendis, And now the edge does find the slip fielder! Afridi squares Mendis right up here. Back of a length on middle and leg. Mendis stays back and looks to defend, but this seams away sharply to take the outside edge, through to second slip who pouches a good low take. The bounce also does Mendis in here, with it holding up a touch in the surface. 22/2
14.2 to FDM Karunaratne, he's been strangled down leg, and Shaheen's picked up the massive wicket of Dimuth. It had been dragged down legside, and Dimuth was caught in two minds, initially looking to flick it to fine leg before trying to leave it. Ended up gloving to Sarfaraz, and walking before the umpire even raised his finger. 53/3
15.2 to LD Chandimal, Naseem draws the edge, and a stunning catch from a leaping Babar Azam gets him his first wicket, Sensational delivery, very sharp catch. Chandimal was tempted into driving on the up, and couldn't neutralise the sideways movement. The session turning into a bit oif a shocker for the hosts. 54/4
85.6 to NGRP Jayasuriya, and this time, he pokes at a short one and gets a tickle through to Sarfaraz It wasn't a bouncer but it just continued to rise and suddenly grew too big on Jayasuriya, who couldn't quite get on top of it, the tame waft catching the edge of his bat. 282/8
87.1 to DM de Silva, tries to play an expansive drive over the top, but it flies to Shan Masood at deep point, who takes an excellent running catch frm third man. The first shot in anger he played, really, and it leads to his downfall. It was a pitched-up delivery he was looking to hit in front of square on the offside but the bat turned in his hand.. 283/9
48.1 to AD Mathews, one stray shot and Mathews pays the price! He wanted to push it through the covers but plays down the wrong line, and gets a slight feather on it. Sarfaraz takes the catch, and Mathews is disgusted with himself!. 185/5
76.6 to RTM Mendis, But now Abrar gets his man! The pressure has told eventually. This was tossed up outside off, and Mendis takes a wild swing at this. It's the leg break that takes the outside edge, and Babar at slip takes a comfortable catch.. 257/7
95.2 to CAK Rajitha, And now it's lunch and the end of the Lankan innings! This was tossed up and Rajitha just whips this full delivery straight into his front pad, and the ball pops up to short leg for a simple take.. 312/10
65.4 to S Samarawickrama, he's got him, what a stunning catch to finish off the day. Imam leaps to his right and plucks one out of thin air. There was a bit of extra turn and bounce; it hit him high on the bat, and Imam was alert in the dying stages. Pakistan strike off what ends up being the last ball of another session. 242/6
Pakistan 1st Innings 
c de Silva b Jayasuriya1928573067.85
c sub (PHKD Mendis) b Rajitha110130010.00
lbw b RTM Mendis39305451130.00
c †Samarawickrama b Jayasuriya1316192081.25
not out 20836149119057.61
lbw b Jayasuriya17152330113.33
st †Samarawickrama b RTM Mendis831131599173.45
lbw b RTM Mendis2557744043.85
lbw b MVT Fernando914162064.28
b RTM Mendis678175107.69
c Mathews b RTM Mendis1012181183.33
Extras(b 9, lb 8, nb 6, w 8)31
TOTAL121.2 Ov (RR: 3.79)461
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Imam-ul-Haq, 1.6 ov), 2-47 (Abdullah Shafique, 10.2 ov), 3-67 (Shan Masood, 11.6 ov), 4-73 (Babar Azam, 14.4 ov), 5-101 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 20.2 ov), 6-278 (Agha Salman, 55.6 ov), 7-330 (Noman Ali, 73.2 ov), 8-346 (Shaheen Shah Afridi, 76.3 ov), 9-440 (Naseem Shah, 116.5 ov), 10-461 (Abrar Ahmed, 121.2 ov) • DRS
76.3 to Shaheen Shah Afridi, And Shaheen must depart! Vishwa finally gets the one that's full and straight on the money. Shaheen is slow to get his bat down and this strikes him in front of middle and off on the back pad. Looks pretty plumb, but Pakistan review. And yes, it's three reds, Sri Lanka get another.. 346/8
1.6 to Imam-ul-Haq, half-volley driven straight into backward point's lap. That was a poor ball, there to be put away, but Imam's driven that right to the fielder stationed there. Soft dismissal, and Imam's incandescent with himself. Good start for Sri Lanka. 3/1
10.2 to Abdullah Shafique, that didn't take long, did it? Prabath Jayasuriya doing his thing. Draws Shafique into a front foot defensive shot, and a little bit of extra turn draws the edge. First slip takes a comfortable catch, and Pakistan lose their second. 47/2
14.4 to Babar Azam, Babar is gone! Goes forward to this length ball, it drifts in and goes on with the arm. Grazes the inside edge on the forward defence before popping up off the pad to short leg. Big wicket.. 73/4
20.2 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, One sweep too many and Sarfaraz must depart! Pakistan review but this looks pretty adjacent, as the ball pitched on middle and straightened, floating under the bat on the sweep. Yep, three reds and Pakistan lose a review to boot.. 101/5
11.6 to Shan Masood, pushes him onto the back foot and hits him on the pad. A huge appeal the umpire turns down, and Sri Lanka decide to have another look And would you believe it, it's three reds! It looked like it might just clip leg stump and save him on umpire's call, but no such luck. Shan is bemused, but he has to go. Sri Lanka get a big wicket. 67/3
55.6 to Agha Salman, And he's given it away! Agha comes down the track and swings at this looking to take it over long-on, but doesn't get to the pitch and this turns between bat and pad. Sadeera completes the easiest stumping he's likely to make.. 278/6
73.2 to Noman Ali, Noman must go! His luck runs out. Goes back again for a good length ball, but this goes on with the arm traps him in front of middle and off. Strikes him on the back pad, and Pakistan don't even bother reviewing. That was plumb.. 330/7
116.5 to Naseem Shah, cleans him up, finally!. Missed a full-ish one that ripped sharply and knocked back his off stump, which means Abrar has one ball to survive if Shakeel is to get to 200. 440/9
121.2 to Abrar Ahmed, tried to club it over fine leg and connected really well, only for Angelo Mathews to take a brilliant catch in the deep. He had moved across to help it over the top behind square and looked for all the world like he was going to clear the man. But Mathews is an excellent fielder, and took a good catch on the edge of the boundary while keeping his feet the right side of the line. 461/10
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Noman Ali521151567145.21
c Agha Salman b Abrar Ahmed2027524074.07
lbw b Noman Ali1845532040.00
c Babar Azam b Noman Ali721261033.33
c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman2864823043.75
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi8211818610269.49
c Abdullah Shafique b Agha Salman1111920100.00
lbw b Abrar Ahmed4279943153.16
c Shan Masood b Shaheen Shah Afridi1011192090.90
not out 068000.00
c Shan Masood b Abrar Ahmed53310166.66
Extras(lb 1, nb 1, w 2)4
TOTAL83.1 Ov (RR: 3.35)279
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 11.1 ov), 2-79 (Kusal Mendis, 24.6 ov), 3-91 (Angelo Mathews, 32.1 ov), 4-99 (Nishan Madushka, 36.6 ov), 5-159 (Dinesh Chandimal, 53.1 ov), 6-175 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 55.5 ov), 7-251 (Ramesh Mendis, 78.1 ov), 8-269 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 80.6 ov), 9-274 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 82.3 ov), 10-279 (Kasun Rajitha, 83.1 ov) • DRS
80.6 to DM de Silva, and as soon as that happens, Shaheen snares de Silva with a beauty de Silva looked to guide the length delivery to third man and keep the strike, but just that extra bit of seam movement sees him kiss the edge of the bat. Sarfaraz has an easy catch, and Pakistan celebrate full in the knowledge of what they've just done. 269/8
82.3 to NGRP Jayasuriya, too easy for Shaheen. Slower ball fools the batter completely, who spoons it to Shan Masood at extra cover.. 274/9
53.1 to LD Chandimal, And Agha breaks through! This is tossed up and Chandimal whips it hard and low, but short midwicket is equal to it, grabbing a sharp low take diving forward. Chandimal stands his ground as they go upstairs to check this. Fingers are just about underneath the ball.. 159/5
55.5 to S Samarawickrama, And just like that he's gone! And what an incredible catch by Abdullah Shafique at short leg! It's bowled Agha, and this is even better than the one in the first innings. Sadeera skips down the track and whips this fine, and it takes a light defection of his pad. Shafique moves to his left following the batter, before dramatically shifting his weight to the right and grabbing this with his right hand. Unreal. 175/6
11.1 to FDM Karunaratne, oh dear, Shamith, you won't be pleased! Dimuth has clipped one to midwicket, who takes a sharp catch to send him on his way. It was a loose shot, and Agha put in a dive to pluck this inches off the ground. Huge breakthrough for Pakistan. 42/1
78.1 to RTM Mendis, Mendis is given out leg before! This was fired in full by Abrar. Mendis goes for the sweep and misses. It looks to have pitched on leg and straightened. Sri Lanka have reviewed but this looks tight. Yes it's crashing into middle and off, three reds and gone.. 251/7
83.1 to CAK Rajitha, spooned straight up to point, and that's the end of the Sri Lankan innings! Caught the bottom part of the bat and just ballooned up for Shan. Pakistan need 131 to win their first Test match since, well, they won their last Test match at this very venue a year to the day ago. Madushka will take you through what remains of the day as I jump off to work on the report. 279/10
24.6 to BKG Mendis, Caught in the crease and gone! Mendis reviews but it looks stone dead! Hit's him high on the back pad in front of middle and off, but Mendis is not all that tall and he's deep in his crease. Yup, it shows three reds.. 79/2
32.1 to AD Mathews, And that's what happens when you only look to defend! Outrageous take by Babar at first slip gets rid of Mathews! This was a good length ball, that turns a little more than it has most of the morning, Mathews comes forward to defend and this takes a thin edge past the keeper. But Babar flings his left hand out and grabs on to and outstanding take!. 91/3
36.6 to KNM Fernando, takes the edge, and Madushka's gone! Is that Sri Lanka's hopes going up in smoke? Threw his hands at a ball without the feet going anywhere. Tried to lazily clip it through cover but gets a tickle on it and has to depart. 99/4
Pakistan 2nd Innings (T: 131 runs)
c †Samarawickrama b Jayasuriya818271044.44
not out 50841404159.52
c KNM Fernando b Jayasuriya711151063.63
run out (RTM Mendis/Jayasuriya)077000.00
lbw b Jayasuriya2428345085.71
c †Samarawickrama b RTM Mendis3038366078.94
c BKG Mendis b Jayasuriya110120010.00
not out 61101600.00
Extras(b 4, lb 3)7
TOTAL32.5 Ov (RR: 4.05)133/6
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Abdullah Shafique, 6.4 ov), 2-36 (Shan Masood, 10.4 ov), 3-38 (Noman Ali, 12.6 ov), 4-79 (Babar Azam, 20.3 ov), 5-122 (Saud Shakeel, 29.4 ov), 6-127 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 32.4 ov) • DRS
29.4 to Saud Shakeel, and he's gone! Saud Shakeel will not average over 100 between Tests. Wanted to defend but Mendis got it to turn sharply away from the outside edge, kissing it along the way.. 122/5
6.4 to Abdullah Shafique, Huge appeal for caught behind and it's given! Abdullah is unsure as to whether he nicked this and goes upstairs. This pitches on a good length and turns away sharply from the right-hander, who goes back to defend. The appeal itself was hilarious, with Sadeera struggling to keep hold of the ball which had wedged itself between his legs. Sadeera was wheeling away holding the back of his thighs, while keeping his thighs together, but eventually got control of the ball. And then the umpire's finger went up. And Ultra Edge shows there was a faint nick.. 16/1
10.4 to Shan Masood, And now Shan is gone! Taken well by the man at short leg. Shan comes down the track, but Jayasuriya spots it and bowls this straighter. Shan looks to defend but can only pop a bat-pad catch up to short leg, who leaps up and takes it over head.. 36/2
20.3 to Babar Azam, And now Babar must go! This was full outside off, and on with the arm. Beats the inside edge on the forward defence and strikes the front pad in front of off. Babar reviews after a small discussion with his partner. And yes, it's three reds.. 79/4
32.4 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, gets a top edge to square leg, holing out to the man stationed there! It was an uncertain, jittery innings from the Pakistan keeper, and it comes to an end now Fantastic catch in the deep, plucking it low off the ground to give Jayasuriya his fourth wicket. 127/6
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Sun, 16 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 242/6 (Dhananjaya de Silva 94*, 65.4 ov)
Mon, 17 Jul - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 221/5 (Saud Shakeel 69*, Agha Salman 61*, 45 ov)
Tue, 18 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 14/0 (Nishan Madushka 8*, Dimuth Karunaratne 6*, 3.4 ov)
Wed, 19 Jul - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 48/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 25*, Babar Azam 6*, 15 ov)
Thu, 20 Jul - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 133/6 (32.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 15.1 overs (91 balls), Extras 2
  • Over 20.3: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batter - Babar Azam (Struck down)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 24.6 overs (150 balls), Extras 6
  • Imam-ul-Haq: 50 off 84 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Over 31.6: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - Sarfaraz Ahmed (Struck down)
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultPakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2511
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days16,17,18,19,20 July 2023 - day (5-day match)
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Match Referee
PointsPakistan 12, Sri Lanka 0
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