In the 2nd test match of the PAKvsSL test series, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 69 runs. Both the teams were playing at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai. After this win Sri Lanka has moved to 6th spot on the ICC test ranking.
Pakistan’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq started the day with 198-5. They still needed 119 runs to win while Sri Lanka needed 5 wickets. Shafiq completed his ton with a single in the fourth over of the day. The partnership was broken soon as skipper Sarfraz was out soon in the sixth over of the day. Sarfraz got a top edge of Dilruwan Perera and Nuwan Pradeep took a good catch. Pakistan was soon bundled out as tail could not show much resistance. Pakistan added 50 runs to the overnight score and lost all 5 wickets in 18.2 overs.
Asad Shafiq was the top scorer for Pakistan with 112 while Sarfraz Ahmed scored 68 runs. No other Pakistani batsmen could score much.
Diruwan Perera was pick of bowlers with 5 wickets for 98 runs in 26 overs. Rangana Herath took 2 wickets for 57 runs and had to bowl 22.2 runs. Rest of the three wickets were shared by Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage and Nuwan Pradeep.
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 482-10 (Diimuth Karunaratne-196, Dinesh Chandimal-62, Yasir Shah 184-6)
Pakistan 1st innings: 262-10 (Azhar Ali-59, Haris Sohail-56, Dilruwan Perera 72-3)
Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 96-10 (Kusal Mendis-29, Niroshan Dickwella-21, Wahab Riaz 41-4)
Pakistan 2nd innings: 248-10 (Asad Shafiq-112, Sarfraz Ahmed-68, Dilruwan Perera 98-5)
Dimuth Karunaratne was declared Man of the Match for this match winning inning of 196 runs. Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal was very happy with the series win.
“We are over the moon. This is a great achievement for us. Credit goes to the boys and the team management for all their practice methods. Also want to credit the selectors for their backing. It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from that. I thought we executed really well in this series. (On the energy from SL this series) If you look at the guys, they are really committed and motivated, so the team spirit will come. (If there was any pressure today at the start) Last night, in the last session, it was difficult to bowl with the dew factor which didn’t help the spinners. But, we knew that today in the afternoon, it will grip better as we have quality spinners. Credit to the whole team as they did a great job throughout.”
Pak skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was disappointed and gave full credit to Sri Lanka for their good performance.
“It was a tough series for us and we did come close in both games. However, we didn’t play good cricket and so we didn’t win. Preparation was fine for the red-ball format but we didn’t execute our plans well enough. Credit to them as their bowlers did really well, especially Rangana Herath who is world-class while Dilruwan was also very good. They had an edge in spin department and that worked for them. It’s a new experience, captaining in this format and I am confident of improvement in the next games.”
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