Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Dubai

Kristopher Nichols
October 11, 2017

Barely two months ago the Sri Lankan team was routed 3-0 at home by world No. 1 Test team India, but Chandimal said his players and management switched gears both on and off the field. He is one of seven different captains Sri Lanka have had in just the past two years. "The selectors have also supported me to create the culture and passion we had in the past".

Both of them batted at a snail's pace which put Pakistan under pressure.

Much like the Day Night Test in Australia where Pakistan nearly chased down a mammoth target batting fourth, Asad Shafiq featured in yet another heroic effort to give a glimpse of hope for his country to overhaul the total.

Pakistan failed to capitalise on Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq's fourth-day stand as the hosts were dismissed by Sri Lanka for 248 on day five of the second Test in Dubai.

Not only did Sri Lanka did triumph in their first-ever day-night Test match, but they also ended Pakistan's unbeaten streak in Tests held in the United Arab Emirates.

Sri Lanka celebrates after winning the Second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad Amir - unable to bowl in the second innings due to a shin injury - leg before wicket for 4, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory.

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It was game over for Pakistan after the final batsman, Wahab Riaz, was caught out by Dinesh Chandimal off a delivery from Test hero Rangana Herath, who became the second Sri Lankan to bag 400 wickets in the first Test against Pakistan.

Pakistan were found wanting across the two Tests in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and Sarfraz, who was handed the captaincy in all three formats of the game, is still learning the ropes when it comes to the longer format.

Sri Lanka racked up 482 in its first innings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as Karunaratne made a career-best 196.

Ahmed said there were lessons in defeats.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said. "We made many mistakes in the series but this was my first series as captain and it was pretty tough and will allow us to learn".

Pakistan had needed to make early inroads in the morning and Riaz provided them with the important wicket of Niroshan Dickwella in the fifth over of the day for 21. "You could say we've played and won with two spinners here before, but at the moment, we felt our fast bowling was more experienced".

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