Ideal storm close to ruining Pakistan's proud Test series record in UAE

Violet Powell
October 9, 2017

Amir had limped off the field during the second's day's play of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai.

Sri Lanka took four wickets in the first session to put Pakistan in trouble at 115 for 4 at tea on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday (October 8). Though, Pakistani top spinner Yasir Shah made a breakthrough very earlier and took Silva in just his 27 individual runs but at the end of the crease, Karunaratne stood still and kept playing.

Karunaratne and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella made up for the loss of Chandimal with an 88-run partnership, during which Dickwella brought up his fifty.

Wahab has looked considerably less incisive than Hasan Ali, who got injured after the first Test in Abu Dhabi, and his ridiculously long 19th over was about the only highlight for him in Dubai apart from Dimuth Karunaratne's dismissal'.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Dimuth Karunaratne scored his seventh Test Century, and scored unbeaten 133 runs at Stumps.

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Karunaratne moved seamlessly from 133 overnight to 196, 10 more than his previous highest score, nearly two years to the day against West Indies in Galle.

He colored his innings with nineteen 4's and one six.

Pakistani bowlers were quite unsuccessful in that day except Yasir Shah.

The workload was passed on to Shah, who bowled 55.5 overs, taking 6-184, and Abbas. Herath also reached 100 wickets against Pakistan during the first Test, but Chandimal warned that the Sri Lankan's opponents should not be taken lightly.

Openers Sami Aslam (30 not out) and Shan Masood (15 not out) negotiated the 18 overs under light without any major trouble but Pakistan still need 231 to avoid the follow on. After all their struggles at home against India - plunging to record whitewashes - which led to resignations of their selectors, then losing Angelo Mathews to injury; to come back from all that and beat Pakistan at a venue they have never lost in, it was incredible.

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