Can Sri Lanka defend 119?

Wahab Riaz replaces injured Hassan Ali
Wahab Riaz replaces injured Hassan Ali
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11 October, 2017

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.

Haris Sohail's memorable 3-wickets over also bundled Sri Lanka's second innings for 96 runs. Pakistan lost five wickets on either side of the 173-run stand between Shafiq and Sarfraz, for 52 and 23 runs respectively.

Sarfraz's innings of 68 came off 130 balls and included five boundaries.

Two days short of precisely 10 years since they last lost a "home" Test series, Pakistan's proud record went tumbling against a revived Sri Lanka in Dubai.

This is also Pakistan's first home defeat since losing to South Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on their grounds, and only the second whitewash in their history.

The 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has come to an ending stage.

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"Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence, it was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it".

"As a captain I am looking for commitment, attitude and discipline from the players", he said. But his absence in the five-match ODI and three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka will be felt. Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day worldwide against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.

"It was a tough series for us". They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions.

Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad Amir - unable to bowl in the second innings with a shin injury - leg before for four, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory.

Dimuth Karunaratne was named man of the match for his first innings 196. 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 impact on Pakistan's Test side will not be so important beyond this match - Pakistan do not play another Test until May next year when they tour England for a two-Test series. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew". In the end, we thought 315 was still a really good total on this track.


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