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Sri Lanka target landmark series win over Pakistan


Opener Dimuth Karunaratne continued his demolition of Pakistani bowlers to take Sri Lanka to 355-4 at tea on the second day of the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday. And if they do manage that, the ideal storm created in Pakistan's dressing room would have played a major role in it.

Pakistan have plenty of work to do to if they are to level their two-Test series with Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

"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". We played last season with the pink ball in domestic cricket but not the day and night.

And just as things have started to fall apart for Pakistan, Sri Lanka have picked their game up.

That leaves Pakistan, already struggling with the ball in this Test, a bowler short going ahead - with only one specialist spinner and with Wahab Riaz enduring his own problems at one stage with his run-up. Toss will take place half an hour prior to the first ball - 14:30 hrs PST.


Ali - the backbone of Pakistan's batting line-up - has become the eighth batsman to complete 5,000 runs in Test matches.

It was another brilliant display by the Sri Lankan batsmen led by Karunaratne. This match between the team Pakistan and Sri Lanka is touted as the much awaited and anticipated match which is making it an important match anyway.

The squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of three other players with Test experience, with fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara, along with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, having played 11 Tests among them. The match will be the sixth day-night Test after the first between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide in 2015.

Karunaratne anchored the Sri Lanka innings with a magnificent Test-best 196 with support from Dinesh Chandimal (62), Niroshan Dickwella (52) and Dilruwan Perera (58) to get the tourists - leading the two-match series 1-0 - up to 482 all out.

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