On the third day of the rain-affected first test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Pakistan took the lead against Sri Lanka thanks to an attacking century scored by Saud Shakeel, who together with overnight partner Agha Salman, helped Pakistan seize the lead.
After a delayed start to the day at Galle due to rain and a wet outfield, the tourists scored 313-6 at lunch, one run ahead of Sri Lanka’s first innings total. This occurred despite the fact that the tourists faced a wet outfield.
Left-handed batsman Shakeel, who began the day on 69, was batting on 119, while Noman Ali, who was on 13, was also in the lineup.
Shakeel, who was participating in his sixth Test match at the time, hit a boundary and took three more runs to reach his second Test century during a stand of 177 runs with Salman, who was subsequently caught by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis on 83. Shakeel is currently playing for Pakistan.
The pair saved Pakistan from a precarious 101-5 on day two as they took on the Sri Lankan spinners lead by left-armer Prabath Jayasuriya. Prabath Jayasuriya scared the visitors on Monday by taking three top-order wickets, including the captain Babar Azam.
The run rate decreased after Salman left the game, despite the fact that Shakeel and Salman both scored runs quickly and hit boundaries on a frequent basis.