Gael: Abdullah Shafique clocked a stunning 160-point unbeaten run as Pakistan chased a record goal to lead 1-0 in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Pakistan had conceded a four-point lead after being knocked out for 218 in their opening run. The Sri Lankan hosts then rolled over Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 94 as well as half-centuries of Kusal Mendis (76) and Oshada Fernando (64) to post 337 in their second run.

With an impressive 342 to win, Pakistan got off to a good start with Shafique in the lead, forging a first stand of 87 points with Imam-ul-Haq (35).

After losing a few wickets in quick succession, Shafique was able to stabilize the chase with skipper Babar Azam (55) and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan (40), forging partnerships worth 101 and 71 respectively, putting visitors on the front foot.

Looking back over the events of the first Test, we take a look at some of the game’s key stats, starting with Galle’s record pursuit:

– Pakistan’s 342-run target is now the most successful chase at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

– Abdullah Shafique is the first Pakistani cricketer to score a fourth century innings in Galle, and only the third overall.

– Shafique also has the most runs by a Pakistani cricketer after six Tests, having collected 720 runs in 11 innings at an astonishing average of 80, scoring two centuries and four fifty along the way.

– The right-hander is also the first in Test history to beat more than 500 minutes in a successful chase, having stayed for 524 minutes for his 160 unstretched.

– Yasir Shah has the third-best strike rate (46.5) in the second set of a test among Pakistani bowlers, behind Shoaib Akhtar (39.3) and Waqar Younis (40.1).

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