Saud Shakeel showcased his exceptional batting skills as he scored an unbeaten double century, placing Pakistan in a commanding position in the Galle Test. At the end of day three, Shakeel remained not out on 208, batting alongside the last man, Abrar Ahmed. Their partnership helped Pakistan establish a significant lead of 149 runs, a crucial advantage in the Test match.

Beginning the day on 69*, Shakeel continued his remarkable innings, leading the recovery for Pakistan after a shaky start at 101/5. The partnership with Agha Salman ended at 278 when Salman departed after scoring a valuable 83 runs. However, Shakeel persevered and carried on for his team.

This magnificent double century marks the 45th by a Pakistani batsman in Test cricket. The last occurrence happened seven years ago when Abid Ali scored an unbeaten 215 against Zimbabwe in 2021. Saud Shakeel also becomes only the second Pakistani player to achieve a double century in his debut Test match away from home.

Impressively, Shakeel has enjoyed a stellar start to his Test career, consistently performing well. In his 11 innings, his lowest score has been 22. He made an impressive 94 against England in his second Test. He then went on to score his maiden century earlier this year against New Zealand. With an astonishing batting average of 98.5 after the Galle innings, Shakeel ranks second in the all-time list for players with more than 10 Test innings, only behind the legendary Don Bradman.

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Furthermore, Shakeel has surpassed his teammate Abdullah Shafique’s record, accumulating the most runs (788) by any Pakistani player in their first 11 Test innings. He has now outperformed both Shafique and Javed Miandad, who previously held the record with 720 and 654 runs, respectively. In fact, Shakeel ranks among the top seven players with the most runs in their first 11 Test innings.

With his double century, Shakeel has positioned Pakistan well, potentially ending their six-match winless streak. It is worth noting that their last Test victory occurred at the same venue in 2022 against Sri Lanka. Shakeel’s exceptional performance has undoubtedly given Pakistan a strong chance to secure a much-needed win in this Test match.