Monday, 11 December, 2017

Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196

De Silva to skipper 'A' team Cricket: Sri Lanka in first day and night Test Match – encounter to commence today
Hilda Schwartz | 09 October, 2017, 00:38

Chasing Sri Lanka's 482-run first-innings total, Pakistan needed a solid start but were reduced to 115 for 4 at the end of first session on Day Three of the second Test.

Dilruwan struck seven boundaries and Rangana Herath added an unbeaten 27 as Sri Lanka piled on the runs to ensure Yasir was in no mood to celebrate yet another five-wicket haul.

Lanka made their intent clear from the beginning by playing positive cricket as they are bidding to win the two-match series after taking a 1-0 lead by beating the hosts in the first match.

"Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been ruled out of the ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a stress-related injury in the right shin", a Pakistan Cricket Board statement read.

Sri Lanka became the first team to beat Pakistan at Abu Dhabi. That said, it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka face any difficulties in adapting to the nuances of a day-night Test.

With no other frontline spinner in the side, leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been forced to the bulk of the bowling. Having failed to score off 14 of the 17 balls Wahab bowled to him after he got to 190, Karunaratne poked at a short delivery that came back slightly off the seam. He had bowled 16.3 overs on Friday before coming out to bowl only two overs on day two. The ball took his inside edge, hit his thigh pad, and clattered into his stumps.

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The last two matches of the five-match series will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on 20 and 23October.

Karunaratne's superb innings of 196 came off 405 balls and included 19 boundaries and a six. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was a picture of bewilderment.

In any event, Wahab collected himself at the tea break, and it was his discipline that helped keep Pakistan in the match through that Amir-less second session.

The pink-ball Test, the sixth in all since Australia and New Zealand played the first such game in Adelaide in 2015, will also be a new experience for the Sri Lankan.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test in Dubai will be broadcasted live on PTV Sports for & Sony Pictures Network on both SD and HD channels.

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