In the first test played between India and Sri Lanka, Pant’s dynamic 96 puts India in the driver’s seat at stumps.
Rishabh Pant smashed 96 off 97 to help India end the opening day on a strong 357/6 in 85 overs after they opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Pant top-scored with 96 off 97 while Hanuma Vihari made a solid 58 off 128 in what was a solid batting display from the hosts. Virat Kohli, playing in his 100th Test, looked good but was bowled on 45.
In the other test played between Australia and Pakistan, Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat. At stamps on day one Pakistan scored 258 and most maiden wicket of Abdul Shafeeque who scored 44 runs. Opener Imamul Haq cracked a maiden Test century Friday to lead Pakistan’s solid start in the first match of the series against Australia in Rawalpindi. The 26-year-old left-hander struck Australian paceman Mitchell Starc through the covers to the boundary to reach three figures in the final session of play on the opening day after Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat. Haq reached his hundred in 277 minutes off 220 balls, hitting 13 boundaries and two sixes as a near-capacity 12,000 fans erupted with joy at his achievement. At stamps on day 1st inam ul Haq was playing on 132 and Azhar Ali 64.