A day after Yasir Shah brought back memories of Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ with his broken leg to fire Kusal Mendis, Sri Lankan spinner Prabath Jayasuriya produced an absolute ripper to fire Pakistan’s talismanic captain Babar Azam. Babar, well placed in pursuit for Pakistan on day four of the first Test, was beaten on all sides by Jayasuriya’s brilliant delivery. The left arm spinner, coming from the wicket, launched it to the rough outside leg. The Pakistani skipper looked to push it away, but the ball instead went around his legs and hit the stumps.
Watch: Prabath Jayasuriya’s jaffa to fire Babar Azam
— Khushnood Ali Khan (@KhushnoodAli07) July 19, 2022
Babar Azam, who scored a heroic 119 in the first set, fell 55 on the visitors’ second try at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing 342, Pakistan were 222/3 at Stumps on Day 4.
In the early innings, Sri Lanka were grouped for 222 after opting to bat, with Dinesh Chandimal’s 76 helping them to a respectable tally.
In response, Pakistan were rocked by Prabath Jayasuriya’s 5-wicket carry. However, Babar Azam stood tall and scored a magnificent century, and his solo effort saw Pakistan concede only a first set of four points to the hosts.
Oshada Fernando (64) and Kusal Mendis (76) went on to reach half a century, while Chandimal again shone with the bat as Sri Lanka scored 337 in their second innings, setting a goal of 342 runs for Pakistan.
Chandimal only missed six points from a well-deserved century as he was tied up on 94.
In their pursuit, Pakistan started strong until Imam-ul-Haq was baffled by the bowling of Ramesh Mendis. Azhar Ali fell soon after, but Babar joined fly-half Abdullah Shafique and put the visitors in charge.
Shafique finished the day unbeaten on 112, with Mohammad Rizwan alongside him in the crease.
Pakistan need 120 runs to win on the final day, with seven wickets in hand.
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