As a result of Sri Lanka’s dominating win against Pakistan in the second test match played at Galle, which they won by a score of 246 runs, they have moved into the top five of the rankings for the ICC World Test Championship.
The two-Test series that the two countries have been competing in has been a thrilling one, with each side winning one of the matches. With a victory by four wickets in the first Test, Pakistan took a commanding 1-0 lead in the series. While the visitors were attempting to score 342, they moved up to third place in the rankings, moving Sri Lanka down to sixth place in the process. This improved the visitors’ prospects of competing in the final of the World Test Championship the following year.
And now things have turned around: Sri Lanka has moved up to the third slot, with a win percentage of 53.33, while Pakistan has fallen to the fifth spot, with a win percentage of 51.85.
South Africa’s PCT of 71.43 per cent continues to put them in first place, followed by Australia’s score of 70 per cent. When they play England in a three-match Test series beginning the following month, South Africa has a solid opportunity to increase their lead over England.
About the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan:
Prabath Jayasuriya was the driving force behind Sri Lanka’s 246-run victory, and he has been establishing a name for himself in Test cricket ever since he made his debut earlier this month. In just six innings in a Test match, he has already collected 29 wickets, including one match-haul of 10 wickets and four five-wicket hauls.
The crafty spinner took three wickets in the first innings, including those of the dangerous batsman Babar Azam (16) and Agha Salman (62). Together, these two batsmen accounted for the highest total in the first innings. Sri Lanka was successful in limiting Pakistan’s first innings score to only 231, thanks in large part to Ramesh Mendis’ five-for. As a result, Sri Lanka took a 147-run advantage after the first innings.
The hosts then put up a strong batting effort, anchored by the century scored by Dhananjaya de Silva (109), to set Pakistan a difficult mark of 508. After day four, Pakistan had established a comfortable score of 89/1. Even though Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed early on day five of the match, the team was able to breeze through the opening hour of the day thanks to a fantastic partnership of 78 runs between Babar and Mohammad Rizwan.
However, in the span of seven overs, the tide shifted back in favor of the home team, which ultimately led to their victory. It all began when Jayasuriya bowled out Rizwan for 37, which was followed by a terrible mix-up that led to the runout of Fawad Alam (1), and then Jayasuriya struck again three overs later to have Agha Salman (4) caught out at the stroke of lunch.
Pakistan saw a precipitous decline in their fortunes. Their lone combatant, captain Babar Azam, was the fourth person to fall prey to Jayasuriya, and he was knocked out with a score of 81. Mohammad Nawaz was dismissed by Ramesh Mendis for 12 runs in the next over.
Yasir Shah attempted to put off the inevitable by knocking 27 runs off the board as quickly as he could, but Jayasuriya had other intentions. The eighth and ninth wickets were both taken in the space of three balls. It was too little, too late for the visitors as Sri Lanka cruised to a win by 246 runs.
Pakistan slips below India in the WTC rankings
In the ICC World T20 2021-23, Pakistan dropped from third to fifth place in the points table. A typical Pakistani collapse saw them go from 176 for 2 to 261 for 10, and the series was tied 1-1 after the test. As it seems to be a favourable outcome for India regarding the WTC. The One-Day International (ODI) series was won by Sri Lanka against Australia, while both the Test series against Australia and the Test series against Pakistan were drawn. In the previous match, Sri Lanka prevailed over Australia by an innings and 39 runs, and in this match, they prevailed over Pakistan by 246 runs. Two convincing wins for Sri Lanka in the space of twenty days is a wonderful boost for Sri Lankan cricket and its supporters.
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Srilanka me jeetna nhi hota Final khelenge 😂😂Advertisement
— thepurpose 🇮🇳 (@Windowz_guy) July 28, 2022
SL moved from no 6 to no 3..
Tell that too mufa 😭
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Lost to wi
Lost at home against aus
Can't win series against Sl
— शौर्य_b (@b_shorya) July 28, 2022
1 fluke chase and they dreamt of chasing 500…even wtc chance….they should realize that they need bowlere who will take 20 wicks on any pitch….like how we changed from 2015
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But Thanks to Zimbabwe West Indies Afghanistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Ireland Babur is No. 1 , Team gayi tel lene humto slow khelkar runs banayenge or Ranking upar layengeAdvertisement
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India 🇮🇳 always remains way way ahed than Pakistan 🇵🇰 🤟🤟🤟
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Pakistani on their way to justify how to lost to a strong team unlike india who lost to england (minnow according to them)Advertisement
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Now I want to see india vs srilanka as they are starting to do good nowAdvertisement
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