Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chandimal 'over the moon' with Test series win

Chandimal 'over the moon' with Test series win

Sarfarz Ahmed (86) and Asad Shafiq (57) combined to lead the fightback after Pakistan, seeking a series-leveling win, were pushed to the back foot by Dilruwan Perera in their chase of 317 in the topsy-turvy second Test in Dubai on Monday. It was Azam's fifth duck in six matches this year.

Pakistan have tasted success in shorter formats under Sarfraz and a confident skipper told, "Obviously, when you have a first Test series as captain, and you lose it, pressure will be there of course".

Day 2 of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka witnessed a weird moment of play when pacer Wahab Riaz missed his run-up and aborted the delivery five times in a row. With three more half centuries, Sri Lanka finished their 1st innings 482 runs.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka now play a five-match one-day series, the first in Dubai on Friday.

Mohammad Abbas had Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva caught behind for three before Riaz bowled Dimuth Karunaratne for seven and then gave wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed another catch to dismiss Sadeera Samarawickrama for 13.

Both of them batted at a snail's pace which put Pakistan under pressure. This was followed by them being whitewashed in the ODI and T20I series.

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"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot".

That Sri Lanka had worrying moments in the fourth innings at all, however, was thanks to their own poor batting, after claiming a lead of 220.

"The boys executed the game plan really well in this series". 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.

The Pakistan cricket team has added left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz in place of seamer Hassan Ali; the leading wicket-taker of the ICC Champions Trophy is rested due to a side strain.

940 runs scored by Karunaratne in the ten Tests he featured so far this year - third-most by any player behind the South African duo of Dean Elgar (1097) and Hashim Amla (942).

"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said. "Those were tough times for everyone but we learn a lot of things from that India series as a team and as individuals". "He did not take any wickets so before we came here we spoke to him and gave him confidence and he was successful", said Chandimal. "We'll do better in the future".

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