Relentless Karunaratne strengthens Sri Lanka in Second Test

Rachel Hardy
October 9, 2017

Dimuth Karunaratne scored an unbeaten 133 to help Sri Lanka make a strong start to the second Test with Pakistan in Dubai on Friday. Dilruwan and Herath claimed three wickets each, while Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage took two apiece.

Pakistan faced a bad and unfortunate defeat at the first Test against Sri Lanka and going to lost the series if cannot manage victory in second which is also last Test.

Pakistan are hosting Sri Lanka in a full series consisting of two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is.

When on 143 he brought up his 3,000th run in his 44th Test, the 12th Sri Lankan to reach that milestone.

Pakistani bowlers were quite unsuccessful in that day except Yasir Shah.

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All these individual pieces have combined to form a nightmare for Pakistan where the fast bowlers look far from effective, one spinner bowls 50 overs or more and part-timers bowl far too many overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, was confident his team staging a comeback. This was the second time he had left the field in between the day's play.

Chandimal was followed by Niroshan Dickwella, who hit 52 off 53 balls in his sixth half-century in eight Tests. Late on day one, Amir left the field nursing an injury to his shin, but he had been cleared to bowl on the second day, and yet, could manage no more than three overs before leaving the field again. Karunaratne appeared exhausted after facing 405 balls and hitting 19 boundaries and a six. "Aamir will not bowl in the on-going Test match at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, but would available to bat", the statement added. But this being a Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test, things rarely go that smoothly for an ascendant team.

Masood had a stroke of luck when he was given not out and Chandimal chose not to review after Dilruwan struck the opener in front, replays showing he should have been given, and Aslam ought to have been run out following a mix-up but Pakistan got through to stumps without losing a wicket.

Moreover, Sadeera's inclusion can be a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as Lahiru Thirimanne has not done so well in the recent past.

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