Pakistan romped to victory by a significant margin of 263 runs in the second Test against Sri Lanka to claim their first series win on home soil since 2006. Pakistan’s batsmen delivered a dominant performance in their second innings, punishing the Sri Lankan bowlers for their lackluster display.
In the process of their prolific run-spree, Pakistan became only the second team in history to have their top four batsmen all score a century in an innings. Captain Azhar Ali and Babar Azam reached their centuries on day four after openers Abid Ali and Shan Masood had gotten to their tons on the preceding day.
The only previous instance of all top four batsmen scoring a century in a Test innings came when India's Dinesh Karthik, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar all hit tons against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2007. Pakistan’s outstanding feat thus is reflective of changing times for their batting, which was often criticized for its vulnerabilities in Australia.