Sri Lanka thrash Pakistan, claim Test series

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

But off-spinner Dilruwan Perera broke the 173-run stand by dismissing Ahmed for 68 while Shafiq fell for 112, ending Pakistan's innings at 248 for a 68-run victory.

Pakistan had their backs to the walls after being dismissed for a modest 262 in reply to Sri Lanka's 482 and conceding a monumental lead of 220 after the 1st innings.

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. Asad is standing with 86 runs and Sarfraz has scored 57 runs till the end of the 4th day.

Pakistan lost their first Test series in UAE after going 0-2 down to Sri Lanka in the just-concluded two-Test series.

It was Pakistan's first series defeat at their adopted home of the United Arab Emirates in seven years.

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Unlike the first Test, the second Test is a day-night match, first ever between Pakistan and Sri Lanka while the second at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. We played a Test series after quite a while and we prepared well for it.

Riaz grabbed 3-10 to derail Sri Lanka's second innings - 34-5 at close - but the visitors were still in a strong position with an overall lead of 254 runs with five wickets intact. Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day worldwide against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors. "The selectors have also supported me to create the culture and passion we had in the past".

Injured Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has been replaced by Usman Khan Shinwari in the 15-member squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, beginning October 13 in the UAE. "We knew Dilruwan was struggling in the Indian series".

"The main thing is our attitude and it makes lot of difference so everyone put their heart and soul in the practices, so when they come to the match they did well". He took five-fers in each of three Tests in the Caribbean earlier this year as well in both matches this series. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew". "I think we did not play good cricket", said Ahmed, captaining for the first time in Tests.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka's opener, was named player of the series for his 306 runs.