As he led Pakistan to a four-wicket victory in the first Test match against Sri Lanka, Abdullah Shafique’s exploits were the talk of the town. The 22-year-old scored a crucial 160 runs to lead his team to victory in a 342-run chase. Pakistan now leads the series 1-0 after this victory.
After the match, an old video of Shafique singing the tunes of an Emraan Hashmi song has gone viral over the internet. In the video from July 2020, the rising cricketer was seen singing ‘Tera Mera Rishta Purana’. He tweeted the video with the caption, ‘Still My Fav Song.’
Here is the video
Still My Fav ❤️ Song. pic.twitter.com/6MHdxaIe3i
— Abdullah Shafique (@imabd28) July 26, 2020
As for the match, the first team to bat, Sri Lanka, scored 222 runs. Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, and Hasan Ali were at the top of their game, limiting Sri Lanka to a moderate score. Afridi claimed four wickets in the innings, while Yasir and Ali each took two. Dinesh Chandimal continued his great form from the Australia series by scoring 76 runs in 115 balls for Sri Lanka. Maheesh Theekshana was the next-highest run scorer, with 38 runs in 65 balls.
The Pakistani side struggled to maintain partnerships in the second innings on a turning track. No one else, except captain Babar Azam, made a major contribution. Azam eventually scored 119 runs in 244 balls to help the visitors reach 218 runs and give Sri Lanka a four-run lead.
Prabath Jayasuriya, a left-arm orthodox bowler, claimed five wickets, while Ramesh Mendis and Theekshana both claimed two. Three Sri Lankan players scored fifty runs or more in the next innings. Oshada Fernando (64 runs in 125 balls), Kusal Mendis (76 runs in 126 balls), and Chandimal contributed (94 runs in 139 balls) to their 337-run total.
Babar Azam (55 runs in 104 balls) performed well in the match, but Abdullah Shafique, with his score of 160 runs in 408 balls, was the standout performer. Pakistan completed the chase and made history at the Galle International Stadium by chasing the highest total. The second of the two-match series will begin on the 24th of July.