Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ideal storm close to ruining Pakistan's proud Test series record in UAE

Ideal storm close to ruining Pakistan's proud Test series record in UAE

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Amir chipped in with one.

"The Champions Trophy team has been retained except Azhar Ali, who has been rested for the ODI series to gain full fitness, said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam ul Haq".

The match Pakistan vs Sri Lanka is now at the top of the Test rankings, although briefly.

The veteran leg spinner, statements come after Pakistan shock defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test match, owing to mammoth performance of Lankan spin maestro Ragana Herath.

And facing a tricky spell of batting towards the end of the day, Shan Masood and Sami Aslam navigated 18 overs for Pakistan to give them some hope going into the third day.

Both side have practised hard in the nets for the day-night Test.

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Left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit a resolute century to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable position of 254-3 at the stumps on the first day of the second Test match in Dubai on Friday. Chandimal knocked six boundaries in another enterprising knock which followed his unbeaten 155 in the first Test. Dickwella's assured knock had five boundaries before he edged pacer Mohammad Abbas to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed while Perera smashed seven boundaries before becoming Shah's fifth wicket - his 13th five-wicket haul in 28 Tests.

The communique further notes that Sadeera Samarawickrema may be called in as his replacement.

There is so much to play for in the second and final Test in Dubai. Chandimal's team will look to become the first to win a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, whereas for Pakistan, it is a must-win encounter to save the series.

"I have played one game in domestic cricket with the pink ball and I feel the first 20 to 25 overs there will be a bit of seam movement. more helpful for the fast bowlers and especially when the ball gets older there is a lot of reverse swing under lights".

Pakistan beat the West Indies in their first day-night Test at the same venue previous year, but this will be Sri Lanka´s maiden pink-ball Test.

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