Abdullah Shafique, the Pakistani opener in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle, had a fantastic performance. With four wickets left in the game, the right-handed hitter helped his team reach the challenging 342-run mark with an unbroken 160 in the fourth inning. In the last session of Day 5, Shafique scored the game-winning runs to end the proceedings, which had started with an overnight score of 222-3. This gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the two-match series.

In the lengthier version a of the game, this run chase ranked second best for Pakistan. They had defeated the same opponents at Pallekele in 2015, surpassing a 377-run target, which is their biggest ever in Tests.

This was Shafique’s second tonne in the lengthier version of the game, meanwhile. His innings included several thoughtful partnerships, notably a 101-run third-wicket stand with the skipper Babar Azam. The captain contributed a crucial 55 runs in the second inning after scoring a century in the first.

After a short pause due to rain, Shafique ultimately led Pakistan home with Mohammad Nawaz (19*) on the other end. Because of the weather delay, the play had to stop early for tea before the final session could begin.

Shafique overcame three missed catches throughout his match-winning innings, on 70, 135, and 151, while surpassing his previous Test high of 136*. He also established a novel world record during the innings, being the first player in Test cricket history to bat for more than 500 minutes during a successful run chase. He was in the game for 524 minutes.

Beginning on Sunday, the second Test will also be held at Galle. The match was initially scheduled to be held in Colombo but the venue was shifted due to the ongoing political unrest in the country.