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Pakistan seal triumphant Test cricket return with Sri Lanka win

By The Assam Tribune

KARACHI, Dec 23: Pakistan celebrated the return of Test cricket for the first time in over 10 years with a convincing 263-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Karachi on Monday, taking the series 1-0.

It took just 14 minutes and 16 ball for Pakistan to wrap up the win on the fifth morning as they took Sri Lanka�s last three wickets without any addition to their overnight 212.

Pakistan had set a daunting 476-run target on Sunday and reduced the tourists to 212-7 at the close.

Teenage quick bowler Naseem Shah at 16 years and 307 days became the second youngest bowler to take five wickets in a Test innings as he bowled an express spell to finish with 5-31.

Fellow Pakistani and left-arm spinner Nasim-ul-Ghani holds the record and was just four days younger when he completed the feat against the West Indies at Georgetown in a 1957-58 series.

Naseem was aged six when international cricket was suspended in Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Pakistan were forced to play all their home matches at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates, before improved security allowed them to begin hosting limited-over series over the past four years.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings 191

Sri Lanka 1st innings 271

Pakistan 2nd innings 555-3 dec

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: D Karunaratne c Rizwan b Abbas 16, O Fernando c Shafiq b Shah 102, K Mendis c Azam b Naseem 0, A Mathews c Rizwan b Afridi 19, D Chandimal lbw Naseem 2, D de Silva b Yasir 0, N Dickwella b Sohail 65, D Perera c Rizwan b Naseem 5, L Embuldeniya c Rizwan b Naseem 0, V Fernando lbw b Naseem 0, L Kumara not out 0. Extras: (lb 3) 3. Total: (all out; 62.5 overs) 212. Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-40, 3-70, 4-96, 5-97, 6-201, 7-212, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212. Bowling: Afridi 14-3-51-1, Abbas 12-2-33-1, Naseem 12.5-4-31-5, Shah 20-3-84-2, Sohail 4-0-10-1. � AFP

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Pakistan seal triumphant Test cricket return with Sri Lanka win

KARACHI, Dec 23: Pakistan celebrated the return of Test cricket for the first time in over 10 years with a convincing 263-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Karachi on Monday, taking the series 1-0.

It took just 14 minutes and 16 ball for Pakistan to wrap up the win on the fifth morning as they took Sri Lanka�s last three wickets without any addition to their overnight 212.

Pakistan had set a daunting 476-run target on Sunday and reduced the tourists to 212-7 at the close.

Teenage quick bowler Naseem Shah at 16 years and 307 days became the second youngest bowler to take five wickets in a Test innings as he bowled an express spell to finish with 5-31.

Fellow Pakistani and left-arm spinner Nasim-ul-Ghani holds the record and was just four days younger when he completed the feat against the West Indies at Georgetown in a 1957-58 series.

Naseem was aged six when international cricket was suspended in Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Pakistan were forced to play all their home matches at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates, before improved security allowed them to begin hosting limited-over series over the past four years.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings 191

Sri Lanka 1st innings 271

Pakistan 2nd innings 555-3 dec

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: D Karunaratne c Rizwan b Abbas 16, O Fernando c Shafiq b Shah 102, K Mendis c Azam b Naseem 0, A Mathews c Rizwan b Afridi 19, D Chandimal lbw Naseem 2, D de Silva b Yasir 0, N Dickwella b Sohail 65, D Perera c Rizwan b Naseem 5, L Embuldeniya c Rizwan b Naseem 0, V Fernando lbw b Naseem 0, L Kumara not out 0. Extras: (lb 3) 3. Total: (all out; 62.5 overs) 212. Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-40, 3-70, 4-96, 5-97, 6-201, 7-212, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212. Bowling: Afridi 14-3-51-1, Abbas 12-2-33-1, Naseem 12.5-4-31-5, Shah 20-3-84-2, Sohail 4-0-10-1. � AFP