Azhar Ali, Babar Azam score tons as Pakistan set huge target for Sri Lanka.


KARACHI -- Skipper Azhar Ali and Babar Azam both completed hundreds Sunday before Pakistan declared to set Sri Lanka a mammoth 476 to win the second and final Test in Karachi. Skipper Ali scored his 16th Test century, Azam reached 100 not out on the stroke of lunch for his fourth three-figure Test score as Pakistan stood at a mammoth 555-3 at the interval.

This was just the second time in Test cricket that the top four batsman had scored a century. India's Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh karthik, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar all scored tons against Bangladesh in 2007. Earlier, when Pakistan resumed at 395-2 Ali smashed three boundaries off pace bowler Vishwa Fernando and then took two runs to complete his first century in 12 months. Azhar added 148 for the third wicket with Azam as Sri Lankan bowlers toiled on a National stadium pitch which has eased out for batting.

Azhar was finally stumped off spinner Lasith Embuldeniya after 11 boundaries in his 157-ball innings. Earlier, openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali had scored centuries becoming only the third...

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