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Sri Lanka hands Pakistan first Test series defeat in UAE

Sri Lanka hands Pakistan first Test series defeat in UAE

Sri Lanka, who have only seen defeat in recent times, now move above Pakistan in the rankings.

Ahmed smashed part-timer Kusal Mendis for his fourth boundary to complete his 14th Test half-century.

"It is very tough on the players and we have suffered a lot".

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That same duo came to the crease on Tuesday with 119 still needed but Sri Lanka remained patient, Dilruwan Perera's 5-98 helping to secure the series 2-0 after a similarly engrossing 21-run success in the opener in Abu Dhabi.

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. Dilruwan Perera successfully too a five-wickes while Suranga Lakmal was also responsible for the wicket of Asad Shafiq. Against a Pakistan attack missing Mohammad Amir, Sri Lanka collapsed to 96 all out in the space of 26 overs. Let us look at the five talking points of the second Test match. Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence.

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

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Riaz first picked up the man in form Dimuth Karunaratne and then removed debutant Samarawickrama out of the equation.He came back and picked the wicket of unsafe looking Dickwell and caught Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal plumb in front to end up with figures of 4/41. This was followed by them being whitewashed in the ODI and T20I series. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts.

That leaves Pakistan, already struggling with the ball in this Test, a bowler short going ahead - with only one specialist spinner and with Wahab Riaz enduring his own problems at one stage with his run-up. I'm really honoured and privileged to win this series, and especially to do it as a captain. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew".

"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said.

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Both of them batted at a snail's pace which put Pakistan under pressure. But this morning, we had more than 120 runs to defend, so we all knew that in this session the ball will grip, as we have two experienced spinners in Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.


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