Sarfraz Ahmed crossed the fifty run mark in 80 balls in a knock that included two boundaries  © AFP (File Photo)
Sarfraz Ahmed crossed the fifty run mark in 80 balls in a knock that included two boundaries  © AFP (File Photo)

 

By Amit Banerjee

 

Aug 18, 2014

 

Sarfraz Ahmed threw his wicket away minutes after reaching a new milestone during Pakistan‘s fourth-innings run-chase of 271 runs against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo when he completed his half century. It happened to be the fourth consecutive time he posted a 50-plus score, all of them coming in this series itself, and he became the first Pakistan wicket-keeper to achieve the feat.

 

Sarfraz walked in to bat at a time when Pakistan were tottering at 50 for five and were looking likely to get bowled out for a sub-100 total. Sarfraz was carrying the Pakistani hopes of guiding the home side to a draw. It was never going to be an easy task for him as he was fast losing support from the other side. The Sri Lankan juggernaut did not however deter Sarfraz from batting in his natural style and delaying the inevitable. The Karachi-born wicket-keeper batsman faced 89 deliveries in all, scoring just two boundaries in a 55-run knock that exemplified a patient innings.

 

The entire Pakistan dressing room was on its feet and even the SSC crowd joined in the cheers when Sarfraz reached his half century in the 80th delivery that he faced. Sarfraz has been the mainstay of Pakistani batting in this series so far, having posted scored of 52*& 55 in the Galle Test and then scoring a memorable 105 in the first innings of Mahela Jayawardene‘s farewell Test to help guide Pakistan to a respectable score.

 

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, traveling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)