Pakistan lose Amir as Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka on top

Pakistan lose Amir as Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka on top

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test match against Pakistan being played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium Dubai on Friday (today).

Lahiru Gamage gave Sri Lanka their first breakthrough while Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath latter dismissed one batsman each.

It will be the first time that the Lankans play with a pink ball Test, besides being upbeat after winning the first Test by 21 runs.

Pakistan have been dealt a major blow after an injury ruled Mohammad Amir out of the upcoming 5-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The team Pakistan panicked in the face of pressure - not for the first time. Karunaratne was unbeaten on a solid 170 for his seventh Test hundred, alongside Niroshan Dickwella on 47 not out, as Sri Lanka added 101 runs after resuming at overnight total of 254-3.

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With no other frontline spinner in the side, leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been forced to the bulk of the bowling. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was a picture of bewilderment. His first stint of five-fors in four consecutive Tests came in 1990, during a back-to-back home series against New Zealand and West Indies.

But for all the substance Karunaratne's innings had provided, it was Sri Lanka's lower middle-order men whose enterprise gained their team the most ground on day two. Incredibly, having bowled 84 overs in the first Test, he had already delivered 55.3 overs in Dubai.

There is so much to play in this second and final Test in Dubai. He scored 196 runs by playing 405 balls. However, the Sri Lanka bowlers tasted early success to dismiss both the openers.

Masood had a stroke of luck when he was given not out and Chandimal chose not to review after Dilruwan struck the opener in front, replays showing he should have been given, and Aslam ought to have been run out following a mix-up but Pakistan got through to stumps without losing a wicket.

Twenty-year-old Charith Asalanka, an off-spinning all-rounder who led Sri Lanka Under-19s last year, will serve as De Silva's deputy.

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