Agha Salman’s fifty in the second Test, Pakistan managed to avoid the follow-on

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (Alliance News): The national team has managed to avoid a follow-on in the first innings of the second Test match against Sri Lanka thanks to Agha Salman’s half-century.

On the second day of the second Test of the series being played in Galle, Sri Lanka resumed their first innings incomplete at 315 for 6 with Nirushan Dakwila and Donith Velage at the wicket.

Pakistan did not have to wait long for a wicket in the morning on the second day and Naseem Shah walked Velagay to hand Sri Lanka their seventh loss.

Dakwila completed his half-century but after playing an innings of 51 runs, he also gave away the wicket of Naseem Shah.

Sri Lanka’s last two wickets were taken by Yasir Shah but earlier these two wickets added a valuable 45 runs to ensure his team’s access to a good score.

Sri Lanka scored 378 runs in the first innings, for Pakistan Naseem Shah and Yasir Shah took 3, 3 while Mohammad Nawaz took 2 wickets.

The start of Pakistan’s innings was disastrous and on the second ball, Abdullah Shafiq, the hero of the previous match, became the wicket of Asitha Fernando without scoring any runs.

For the second wicket, Imam-ul-Haq and captain Babar put on a partnership of 35 runs, but after the lunch break, Prabath Jayasuriya scattered the wickets of the national captain and gave his team a crucial victory.

Imam also added 29 runs with Muhammad Rizwan, but after playing an innings of 32 runs, his courage was also answered while Pakistan had to suffer the fourth loss in the form of Rizwan on a total of 88.

Fawad Alam was joined by Agha Salman at this stage and the duo added 31 runs for the fifth wicket, but before the partnership could prove dangerous, Fawad, who scored 24 runs, was dismissed for bringing the pads in front of the wickets.

Agha Salman and Nawaz combined to take the score to 145 but Nawaz also became the third wicket in Ramesh Mendes’ innings after scoring only 12 runs.

On this occasion, Pakistan was in danger of follow-on, but Agha Salman completed his half-century and also saved Pakistan from the fear of follow-on.

Pakistan have so far scored 184 runs for the loss of 6 wickets and need 194 more runs to match Sri Lanka’s first innings score.

It should be remembered that Pakistan won the first Test match and took a 0-1 lead in the series.

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