During the intense Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Dhananjaya de Silva was astonished by Naseem Shah‘s remarkable determination on day three. Playing in the first slip position, de Silva was taken aback as Naseem Shah fought valiantly, facing 78 deliveries but managing to score only six runs.
What added to the surprise was the tail-enders impressive 94-run partnership with Saud Shakeel (208) for the ninth wicket. This partnership frustrated the Sri Lankan bowlers and helped Pakistan reach a total of 461 in their first innings, securing a substantial 149-run lead and placing the visitors in a commanding position at the end of Day 3.
Saud Shakeel’s remarkable double century puts Pakistan in control on Day 3, with Naseem Shah stepping up with the bowl
Naseem shah’s confidence is truly insane. His batting is so determined and fearless. The way he tries to manipulate the opponent with his attitude and facial expressions and challenges them to go for it again, I love him so much. 😭❤️
— Joweria (@JoweriaMalik_) July 18, 2023
To witness de Silva’s priceless reaction during this intriguing moment, you can watch the amusing video below. Notably, this incident was one of the two amusing events that occurred during the final session of the day. Saud Shakeel’s outstanding double century played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s strong performance. He enabled them to accumulate 461 runs in 121.2 overs.
Shakeel’s impressive innings comprised 208 runs off 361 balls, including 19 boundaries. Agha Salman also made a valuable contribution of 83 runs off 113 deliveries, including one six and nine fours. Their partnership of 177 runs for the sixth wicket rescued Pakistan from a precarious position of 101/5. Ramesh Mendis emerged as the star bowler for Sri Lanka, claiming five wickets for 136 runs.
Prabath Jayasuriya took three wickets, while Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha each managed to secure one wicket. In the first innings, Sri Lanka posted a total of 312 runs in 95.2 overs, largely thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva’s century. De Silva played a brilliant innings of 122 runs off 214 balls, featuring three sixes and 12 boundaries. Angelo Mathews also contributed significantly with 64 runs off 109 deliveries, including nine boundaries.
Pakistan’s bowling attack was spearheaded by Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Abrar Ahmed. They all claimed three wickets each. Agha Salman also contributed with one wicket. At the end of Day 3, Sri Lanka found themselves at 14/0, trailing by 135 runs, with captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madhuska at the crease.
Babar Azam and his team will now strive to secure their first win in six Tests, following two draws against New Zealand.