Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has successfully scored the whopping half century to lead Sri Lanka to 174-3 at dinner on the first day of final day-night and second Test in Dubai against Pakistan on Friday.
Karunaratne was winning with 89 and Dinesh Chandimal, the captain was 14 not out when Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat on flat pitch. Along with his 27 years old opening partner Kaushal Silva, Karunaratne gave a robust 63-run beginning to Sri lanka even before Pakistan could strike back with 3 wickets successfully.
Yasir Shah, who is the spinner, provided his team the most awaited breakthrough when he had Silva behind the short delivery. Sadeera Samarawickrama, who is a beginner, gave impressive delivery of 38 runs in his short stay. He has successfully hit 5 fours along with a six before his mistaken a pull and bowled and caught by Mohammad Amir.
Kusal Mendis has successfully played rash drive against Shah and caught for one in the slips. Karunaratne has smoothly brought three boundaries in Amir and hit another for Shah for the next to access his sixth 50 in Test series.
Sri Lanka has successfully led the series 1-0 followed by the victory in first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs. It is the 6th day-night Test for the team with pink ball since New Zealand and Australia played at Adelaide their first in December 2015.
Sri Lanka Targeted Pakistan Record in Dubai
Sri Lanka has targeted a unique chance yesterday for winning the Test series against Pakistan in day-night encounter to take place in Dubai. Sri Lanka has a lot of hopes with Rangana Herath, their left-arm spinner to keep pressurizing Pakistan when final and second Test – a day-night match with pink ball – initiates on Friday at Dubai stadium.
The 39-year-old spinner successfully scored 6-43 on the last day to beat the attempt of Pakistan at 136-run modest chase in first Test on Monday in Abu Dhabi.
Sri Lanka has got a unique opportunity thanks to the narrow win from 21 runs against Pakistan on their neutral venues at United Arab Emirates where they never had record of losing a series in their last 9 attempts.
They have drawn 4 and won 5 series in the Middle East since 2009 attacks on the bus of Sri Lankan team which forced them to play matches away from Pakistan. Herath has revealed the new batting line up of Pakistan and to play without their batting greats Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan after their retirement this year in May.
Dinesh Chandimal, who is Sri Lankan skipper, introduced Herath as an asset and team man. He added “I don’t know how long he will play. But I am 100% confident that he will do his best for the team. Chandimal has a record of 400 wickets in 84th test in Abu Dhabi.
He also crossed 100 wickets during the first Test against Pakistan. Chandimal added, “We should do our best again and we shouldn’t undermine Pakistan as they are also a good team.” Chandimal’s team is hoping to rise one spot to leave Pakistan on 6th, even with 1-0.