Pakistan's Abid first to score Test and ODI hundreds on debut

Ross Houston
December 15, 2019

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 Sunday. The match remains in its first innings due to rain interruptions during the Test.

There was ample entertainment on offer for the crowd as Abid became the only male cricketer to hit a century on his debut in both the Test and one-day worldwide formats.

Abid finished with 109 not out and Babar Azam was unbeaten on 102 as Pakistan scored 252-2 in reply to Sri Lanka´s first innings total of 308-6 declared. The fourth day was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

But Abid and Azam then enthralled more than 12,000 cricket-starved fans with some delightful strokes as they put on a further 87 runs before tea.

Only 5.2 overs of play were possible on day three as rains and bad light continued to interrupt proceedings.

The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of worldwide cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.

Dhananjaya, who came in to bat on day one, completed his deserved test century after play resumed on Sunday in bright sunshine with an elegant cover driven boundary off Mohammad Abbas. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.

For Pakistan, 16-year-old pacer Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) were the stand-out bowlers.

The second Test is in Karachi starting December 19.

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