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65dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Dilruwan's five-for seals memorable series sweep

Asad Shafiq's fighting 112 was not enough as Sri Lanka picked up the last five wickets in the first 90 minutes of the final day

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

FDM Karunaratne
196(405) 19x4 - 1x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 63 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
30 6 21 30 59 21 10 19
Asad Shafiq
112(176) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 30 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
5 7 13 7 39 7 11 23

Best performances - Bowlers

Yasir Shah
O55.5
M9
R184
W6
Eco3.29
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MDK Perera
O26
M1
R98
W5
Eco3.76
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W1W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.00 start, Tea 16.00-16.30, Dinner 18.30-19.00, Close 21.00

Match days

06,07,08,09,10 October 2017 - day/night match (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Varun Shetty

3:55 pm It's been a fantastic Test series. We hope you enjoyed our coverage, we certainly enjoyed bringing it to you. Onto the ODIs - the first one is on the same venue, on 13th October. We'll see you there.

Rivlud: "What a game and series, Sri Lanka win and wow, out of nowhere they've beaten Pakistan. 5 Day Matches are still in fashion, this has been a contest without question in both matches! Who needs 2 tier leagues!!"

AnkS: "So very Pakistan. Ordinary and extraordinary in same breath. Well done SL."

Saugato Bose: "So after being Shellacked by India 9-0, Sri Lanka defeats pakistan in Abu Dhabi where they have never lost a series, Cricket is really a funny game."

Dinesh Chandimal: We are over the moon. This is a team performance. They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions. Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence. It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it. The boys executed the game plan really well in this series. If you look at the guys, they're really committed. Their attitude and disciplibne is there and that brings the spirit too. Last night it was a little difficult to bowl, especially with the dew. We knew when we come today, it will grip more. We knew Dilruwan and Rangana would do the job.

Sarfraz Ahmed: Was a tough series for us. We came close in both matches, but we haven't played good cricket and that's why we have lost the series. Our preparations were fine, we just missed long innings and big partnerships. Have to give credit to their spinners too, especially Herath. They had the advantage with their spinners. Test captaincy is a little difficult and I've learnt a lot. The boys are new as well and they'll learn. We'll do better in the future.

Dimuth Karunaratne: I just wanted to play the anchor role for my side. I wanted to make big scores in the first innings in this series. After the India series, I think we did really well in the first Test and these ten days. Didn't do much [with batting technique]). For seamers I made some little adjustments, but the plan was to bat longer and longer.

Dimuth Karunaratne is the Man of the Match and Man of the Series.

3:34pm This is Pakistan's first series defeat in UAE since it became their designated home in Tests. If Pakistan Cricket ever needs a motto, it could be "How did we get here?" It applied to the first Test, the first innings of this Test, the second innings when they bowled Sri Lanka out for 96 and then at the end of yesterday's play, when they were just over a hundred runs away. And now it'll apply to their ranking - they've fallen to No. 7 after the highs of being No. 1 not too long ago.
You can't help but feel happy for Sri Lanka. As they huddle up, the captain's words are sombre. There's no fist pumping or other posturing. A young captain is talking to his team who have only seen defeat in recent times. This moment is everything. They've gone ahead of Pakistan in the rankings too. We'll hear from Chandimal soon. Stick around.

90.2
W
Herath to Wahab Riaz, OUT, in the air and taken at extra cover. Floated up at off stump, dipping rapidly as he steps out. He gets too far away from it as he looks to slash and sends it straight up in the air. Chandimal steadies himself and holds on

Wahab Riaz c Chandimal b Herath 1 (18m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

90.1
0
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, back of a length at middle stump, on the back foot to push this down the pitch

END OF OVER:
90 | 2 Runs | PAK: 248/9

  • Mohammad Abbas3 (8b)
  • Wahab Riaz1 (10b)
  • RAS Lakmal14-4-35-1
  • HMRKB Herath22-3-57-1
89.6
0
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, good length at middle stump, walks across the stumps and manages to turn this to fine leg
89.5
0
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, back of a length at middle stump, defended to mid-on from the crease
89.4
1
Lakmal to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, full and into middle stump, hurriedly clipped off the toes to deep square
89.3
0
Lakmal to Wahab Riaz, no run, slower ball, good length at middle stump. Makes room to try and slap this on the up. Drags it to mid-on off the toe-end

End of an era

0

No. of Test series lost by Pakistan in the UAE since they started playing their home games there in 2010, before this. They had won five and drew four of the nine series.

Strong comeback

17.20

Asad Shafiq's average in 10 Test innings this year, before this century in the fourth innings. His highest score in those innings was only 39.

Biggest turnaround?

243

Most runs added by the last 5 wickets in a successful chase, by Australia against Pakistan in Hobart in 1999-00. If Pakistan wins this Test, they would have added 265 runs for the last 5 wkts and will be a record.

Big difference

386

Difference in Sri Lanka's totals in this match - 482 & 96 - their highest ever in a Test. Previous highest was 383 v Australia at SSC in 1992.

Contrasting innings

34

Score at which Sri Lanka lost their 5th wicket in the second innings. They were at 370 when the fifth wicket fell in the first innings.

Yasir's hot streak

5

No. of consecutive Tests in which Yasir Shah has picked at least one five-wicket haul. He's the first spinner to do so.

Going on and on

4

No. of times in last 3 years Karunaratne has played innings of 300+ balls in Tests - most among all openers. Cook and Azhar Ali have batted 3 such innings.

Only the third

3000+

Runs for Karunaratne as opener in Tests. He's only the third Sri Lanka opener to do so after Jayasuriya (5932) and Atapattu (5317).

Karunratne-Chandimal show

2

No. of 100+ partnerships for the fourth-wicket for Sri Lanka in this series, both between Karunaratne and Chandimal. In the home series against India they could add only a total of 77 runs from six fourth-wicket stands.

Openers' high

2012

Last time a Sri Lanka openers scored 3 or more Test 100s in a year, before Karunaratne this time. Dilshan had hit 3 in 2012. Only Elgar (5) has scored more 100s than Karunaratne in 2017.

Bumper year

6

No. of 50+ scores by Dimuth Karunaratne in Tests this year - the most among all Sri Lanka players. Among all players, only Elgar, Rahul, Pujara and Root have more such scores.

Strong start

81.20

Samarawickrama's strike rate in his first-class career, before making his Test debut in this match. He's striking at over 100 in his debut innings. He averaged 63.63 in 2016-17 season with 4 centuries in 21 innings.

Day/Night debut

1

Sri Lanka are playing their maiden Day/Night Test while Pakistan are playing their third.