Pakistan WTC Standing got better after they sealed a massive four wickets win against Sri Lanka at Galle. This resulted in a huge shuffle within the World Test Championship (WTC) Rankings. It not only improves Pakistan’s ICC WTC Standing but demotes Sri Lanka to the 6th position.
Pakistan WTC Standing improved; India to the 4th.
Pakistan‘s successful chase of 342 took them to number 6 with a win-loss percentage of 58.33 percent. South Africa (71.43%) and Australia (70%) are now leading the chart. However, the loss dragged Sri Lanka to the 6th position, which helped India to move upwards to the 4th slot. SL still has the chance to regain its spot only if they can level the series by winning the last test.
SL fails in spite of Chandimal’s peak form
Sri Lanka’s Oshada Fernando tried to give a good start (35 & 64), but couldn’t carry the momentum. Skipper Karunaratne failed in both. Dinesh Chandimal has been in terrific form throughout. He contributed respectively with 76 and 94 runs in each innings. However, Mendis gave support to Chandimal by scoring 76 runs in the second innings. Prabhat Jaysuriya’s effort with the ball (5 & 4 wickets each fell short to gift Sri Lanka a necessary win.
Babar and Shafique’s heroics played a crucial role in Pakistan’s WTC Rankings
It was solely a Babar Azam show in the first innings. It was he who stood as tall as a pillar and scored 119 of 244 balls. He took Pakistan to a reasonable position in the first innings. He was supported by Abdullah Shafique’s 160 and Rizwan’s 40 to chase down the massive total. Even Babar contributed 40 runs too in the second innings. Shaheen Afridi expectedly took 4 wickets for 58 runs. Mohammad Nawaz took a fifer for 88 runs, nicely supported by Yasir Shah who bagged 3 wickets but leaked 122 runs in just 29 overs. Shafique was awarded as the MoM for his sensational innings that helped Pak to lead the series by 1-0.
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