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Abid achieves record in Pak’s drawn Test

 RAWALPINDI, Dec 15: Opener Abid Ali became the first batsman to score hundreds on both Test and one-day debuts as Pakistan’s first home match in the long form of the game since the 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team ended in a tame draw against the same opponents on Sunday.

 On 95, the 32-year-old hit paceman Vishwa Fernando for a boundary and then drove him through cover for two to complete his hundred, raising his hands in jubilation before kneeling on the ground to offer a prayer of gratitude. His hundred came in 267 minutes, laced with 11 boundaries, and was the highlight of a Test badly affected by bad weather.

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Sri Lanka 1st Innings: D Karunaratne lbw b Shaheen 59, O Fernando c Sohail b Naseem 40, K Mendis c Rizwan b Shinwari 10, A Mathews c Shafiq b Naseem 31, D Chandimal b Abbas 2, D de Silva not out 102, N Dickwella c Azam b Shaheen 33, D Perera not out 16. Extras: (B-5, LB-7, NB-3) 15. Total: (For 6 wkts in 97 overs) 308. Fall of wickets: 1-96, 2-109, 3-120, 4-127, 5-189, 6-256. Bowling: Abbas 27-9-72-1, Shaheen 22-7-58-2, Shinwari 15-4-54-1, Naseem 27-5-92-2, Sohail 3-0-12-0, Masood 1-1-0-0, Shafiq 2-0-8-0.

Pakistan 1st Innings: Shan Masood c Chandimal b Rajitha 0, Abid Ali not out 109, Azhar Ali c Karunaratne b Kumara 36, Babar Azam not out 102. Extras: (B-2, NB-2, W-1) 5. Total: (For 2 wkts in 70 overs) 252. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-90. Bowling: Rajitha 6-2-5-1, Fernando 13-1-49-0, Kumara 14-4-46-1, Perera 24-0-85-0, De Silva 11-0-48-0, Oshada 1-0-3-0, Mendis 1-0-14-0. – AFP

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