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WTC latest News: Pakistan clean sweeps Sri Lanka and strengthens their leading position in the WTC25.

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“WTC Latest News: Pakistan secures an impressive series sweep against Sri Lanka, dominating all matches and emerging victorious. This remarkable achievement further solidifies Pakistan’s position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC25) standings. With this exceptional performance, Pakistan has showcased their prowess in Test cricket and strengthened their claim as one of the leading teams in the prestigious WTC competition.”

On Thursday, July 27, the Pakistan cricket team achieved a commanding innings victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test, securing a comprehensive 2-0 series triumph. Led by Babar Azam, the Pakistani side displayed their dominance by defeating a lackluster Sri Lankan team by an innings and an impressive margin of 222 runs at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.

Standout Players in Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2nd Test Match

Abdullah Shafique’s Magnificent Double Century

Noman Ali shone with the ball for Pakistan, leading his team to bowl out the hosts for 188 in their second innings. On Day 4, Noman displayed an outstanding performance, claiming sizzling figures of 7/70. Meanwhile, Abdullah Shafique stood out with the bat, scoring an impressive 201 runs, earning him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.

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At the start of Day 4, Pakistan resumed their innings at 563/5 and decided to declare soon after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s concussion replacement, Mohammad Rizwan, reached his half-century in the second over of the day. The visitors eventually declared their innings at 576/5, securing a significant first innings lead of 410 runs.

Abrar Ahmad’s Magical 4/69 Bowling Performance

Pakistan’s spinner, Abrar Ahmed, played a pivotal role in dismantling Sri Lanka for a meager 166 runs in the first innings, securing an impressive 4/69 bowling performance. With two full days of play remaining, the hosts faced a daunting task ahead. Sri Lanka’s openers provided a steady start with a 69-run partnership, their highest of the second innings.

However, Noman Ali made the breakthrough for Pakistan by dismissing Nishan Madushka for 33. At lunch, Sri Lanka was at 81/1. In the afternoon session, Noman struck again in his first over, triggering a collapse in the Sri Lankan lineup. He claimed his second victim of the day, the Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who departed for 41 runs.

Nouman Ali’s Tremendous 7/70 Bowling Performance

The responsibility of rebuilding the innings fell on the experienced pair of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews. However, Pakistan’s spinner Noman had different plans. In just two overs, he made significant inroads into the Sri Lankan batting lineup, first dismissing Kusal caught for 14 and then removing Dinesh Chandimal early in his next over.

Noman continued to take wickets, adding three more to his tally, while Angelo Mathews found himself isolated at one end as wickets tumbled from the other. The left-arm spinner, aged 36, achieved his career-best figures of 7/70. Naseem Shah, the pacer, played his part by claiming the final three wickets, all bowled dismissals, ending with impressive match figures of 6/85, wrapping up the Sri Lankan innings.

WTC 2023-25 Latest Points Table

Following this series sweep, Pakistan has strengthened its position at the top of the WTC25 standings. Babar Azam’s team secured 24 points from their two wins (12 points for each Test), maintaining a perfect 100 per cent record. On the other hand, India, now positioned at No.2 on the list, earned 16 points (66.67%) after their 1-0 series victory against West Indies.

Pos. Team Matches Ded. Con. Pts. Pct.
P W L D
1  Pakistan 2 2 0 0 0 24 24 100
2  India 2 1 0 1 0 24 16 66.67
3  Australia 4 2 1 1 2[a] 48 26 54.16
4  England 4 1 2 1 2[b] 48 14 29.16
5  West Indies 2 0 1 1 0 24 4 16.67
6  Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 0 24 0 0
7  Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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