The first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan going on at Galle witnessed a historic moment on Day 3 when Saud Shakeel scored his maiden double hundred.
The Pakistan batting sensation achieved this landmark in only his 6th Test match, becoming the first Pakistan player to cross the 200-run mark in Sri Lanka. He remained unbeaten for 208 runs from 361 deliveries as Pakistan ended up with 461 runs in reply to the hosts’ first innings total of 312 runs.
Shakeel came to the crease when Pakistan were struggling at 67/3, having lost Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, and Shan Masood. Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed, who appeared well-settled, also got out after a few overs. Shakeel then partnered with Salman and put together a 177-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
The 27-year-old batter formed crucial partnerships with Nauman Ali and Naseem Shah, contributing significantly to Pakistan’s score. However, it was during a precarious moment when Pakistan had only one wicket remaining that he reached the remarkable milestone of a double century.
Saud Shakeel Off To A Great Start in Test Cricket
Saud Shakeel is making waves in Test cricket with an exceptional start. He has notched up seven 50+ scores in just 11 innings. Since his debut in the England series, Shakeel has displayed consistent performances, including notable scores of 37, 76, 63, 94, 23, 53, 22, 55, 125, 32, and an incredible 200 to top it off.