Sri Lanka target landmark series win over Pakistan

Posted October 09, 2017

Lahiru Gamage gave Sri Lanka their first breakthrough while Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath latter dismissed one batsman each.

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. Though they had seemed nearly completely out of the match only one hour prior, it is Sri Lanka who will be under most strain when play begins again on day four. Pakistan had begun the day at 61 for no loss, but soon haemhorrhaged four wickets for 48 runs, putting Sri Lanka in control of the Test - or so it was thought.

Yasir Shah struck in the 23rd over as he got Silva caught by captain Sarfraz Ahmed to bring a temporary respite to the Pakistan camp. He returned to the dressing room for treatment after bowling just three deliveries of his 17th over.

Resuming at 3-254, Sri Lanka lost Chandimal to a lbw decision off Yasir.

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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.

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Abbas took two, and Mohammad Amir, who left the field with a shin injury, and Wahab Riaz chipped in with one wicket apiece. Toss will take place half an hour prior to the first ball - 14:30 hrs PST. But, debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama scored a promising 38 in his first innings and shared a 68-run stand for the second wicket, taking the score to 131-2. The momentum and belief their openers provided on Saturday (October 8) after stitching a fifty-run partnership before stumps were lost on the third morning of the Test match. "Aamir will not bowl in the on-going Test match at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, but would available to bat", the statement added. Sami Aslam and Shan Masood are still in field for the team.

It was 21 runs short of the follow-on mark but Sri Lanka did not enforce it.