Dimuth Karunaratne misses double ton, Sri Lanka under control vs Pakistan

Misbah backs Pakistan to come strong in second Test

Misbah backs Pakistan to come strong in second Test

Left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit a resolute century to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable position of 254-3 at the stumps on the first day of the second Test match in Dubai on Friday.

A combination of fitness issues, low bowling resources and a charged-up Sri Lankan team have brought Pakistan to the brink of their first Test series defeat in UAE ever since they moved base to the country after the terrorist strike on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009. Shah took 6 for 184 in a marathon 55.5 overs of hard work and toil on a flat Dubai stadium pitch.

Sri Lanka will feel confident after winning the first test at Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

That is when Pakistan bowlers could have put him under pressure and taken a couple of more wickets to push Lanka on the backfoot completely. Dilruwan Pereras 58 was another handy knock that kept his side going even after Wahab Riaz removed Karunaratne, the big fish.

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Amir chipped in with one.

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Shah delivered the much-needed breakthrough for his team when he had Silva caught behind off a short delivery.

Sadeera Samarawickrama (38) made an aggressive start to his Test career striking five fours and a six in his blistering cameo.

Pakistan management has been regularly asked about the logic behind fielding just one spinner and then relying on the part-time spin of Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq. The match will be the sixth day-night Test after the first between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide in 2015.

SQUAD: Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Amila Aponso, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Vimukthi Perera, Asitha Fernando and Kasun Rajitha.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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