Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam has hit 3 hundreds in last 5 matches. Image-Twitter

Former Pakistan National Cricket Team express pacer Shoaib Akhtar was delighted to see the 36-year-old batter Fawad Alam’s inclusion in the Pakistan playing XI for the second Test match of the two-match Test series against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.

The second match of the two-match Test series between Sri Lanka National Cricket Team and Pakistan National Cricket Team is being played at the Galle International Stadium, Galle.

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Shoaib Akhtar, PSL
Shoaib Akhtar [Image Credits: Google]
Veteran batter Fawad Alam was left out of the opening Test against Sri Lanka, where Pakistan won by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Alam, who made a comeback to the Pakistan Test team in 2020 after having to wait for around 11 years, replaced the 37-year-old Azhar Ali in the playing XI in the second game.

Fawad Alam
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Must keep SL under 300 – Shoaib Akhtar

On Sunday, July 24, Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter to express delight at Alam’s inclusion. He also urged Babar Azam and Co. to restrict Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka to a score under 300.

“Must keep SL under 300. Also, glad sense prevailed & Fawad is back in the squad,” Ex-Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted.

Along with Fawad Alam the left-arm spinner Nauman Ali was also included in the playing XI. Ali replaced young left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who got ruled out of the game after suffering an injury.

Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal PC- Twitter

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first in the match. At stumps, on Day 1 Sri Lanka were able to post 315/6 on the board with the help of the good batting performances of Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

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