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Pakistan’s Abid Ali first to score Test and ODI hundreds on debut

Pakistani batman Abid Ali celebrates after completing his century during the fifth-day of the 1st cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Pakistani batman Abid Ali celebrates after completing his century during the fifth-day of the 1st cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

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His feat came on the fifth and final day at Rawalpindi stadium against Sri Lanka and follows his 112 against Australia in his debut ODI match

Pakistan opener Abid Ali became the first batsman to score hundreds on both Test and one-day international debuts when he struck a ton against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

On 95, the 32-year-old hit paceman Vishwa Fernando for a boundary and then drove him through cover for two to complete his hundred, raising his hands in jubilation before bowing down on the ground.

His feat came on the fifth and final day at Rawalpindi stadium and follows his 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year.

Abid, one of 15 batsmen to score a hundred on a one-day international debut since the inception of limited overs cricket in January 1971, but none of the others also had a Test debut century.

Abid is the 11th Pakistani batsman to score a century on Test debut.

Abid’s feat spiced up the historic Test, the first in Pakistan since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus left international cricket suspended in the country.

The match ended in a draw after bad weather hit all previous four days.

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