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Day 5

740dThe Report by George Binoy

Clinical Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead

It had rained for most of the night in Dubai and the floodlights were switched on to brighten a gloomy morning, but there were no alarms for Sri Lanka once play began on time on the fifth day

740dS Rajesh

Opening highs for Sri Lanka

It was a Test match to remember for Sri Lanka, especially their openers and fast bowlers. Stats highlights from their win

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Mathews hails fighting spirit

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews hailed his side's ability to keep fighting after they chased down 137 to win an attritional Test in Dubai

740dUmar Farooq

Loss exposes Pakistan frailties

It is hard to pin-point one single reason for Pakistan's capitulation in Dubai; there were many chinks in their armour

Day 4

740dThe Report by George Binoy

Pakistan take fight into final day

Pakistan's leader Misbah-ul-Haq batted with limitless patience and rookie Sarfraz Ahmed punched his way to a maiden half-century to give their side a glimmer of hope of saving a Test that once seemed lost

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dubai

T20 kings show Test aptitude

Though unsuccessful for long stretches during Pakistan's rearguard, the Sri Lanka attack demonstrated admirable patience and application

Day 3

740dThe Report by George Binoy

Younis, Misbah hold up Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka were a wicket away from breaking Pakistan after lunch on the third day of the second Test in Dubai, but they could not take it

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dubai

Two wickets changes outlook - Ford

Two quick wickets for Sri Lanka on the fourth morning would alter the Test's outlook considerably, Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said, after Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan stalled the visitors on day three.

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dubai

Sri Lanka still rough around the edges

Sri Lanka have the ingredients of a fine Test team but a little all-round dynamism might make the end product more appetising

740dUmar Farooq in Dubai

Is workload taking a toll on Ajmal?

Saeed Ajmal made a relatively late entry into international cricket but didn't play his first Test till he was almost 32. He is 36 now and is doing his best to make up for lost time having been a key player for Pakistan for many years

740dUmar Farooq in Dubai

Younis defends younger players

At 19 for 3, Pakistan seemed to be heading towards an inevitable defeat, but Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq both scored fifties to keep Sri Lanka at bay on the third day

Day 2

740dThe Report by George Binoy

Mahela hundred strengthens Sri Lanka

Kaushal Silva and Mahela Jayawardene did not put on a show but their exercise in restraint, self-preservation and gradual accumulation was exactly what Sri Lanka needed

740dUmar Farooq in Dubai

Lack of discipline hurting Pakistan bowlers

Pakistan's seamers failed to create opportunities as a unit. Their bowling coach Mohammad Akram reiterated that the bowlers let Sri Lanka off the hook by not maintaining any pressure

Day 1

740dThe Report by George Binoy

Sri Lankan quicks vindicate Mathews' decision

Sri Lanka's seamers tested the Pakistan batsmen consistently with movement off the pitch to bowl the home side out for 165. Then Sri Lanka's top-order ensured they took them to end of play with the loss of only one wicket

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dubai

Watershed moment for Sri Lanka quicks

From looking completely out of their depth in Australia to destroying Pakistan's top order in Dubai, Sri Lanka's fast bowlers have come a long way to realising their penetrative potential

740dUmar Farooq in Dubai

Manzoor makes use of lifeline

Question marks will continue to hang over Khurram Manzoor's technique, but the opener fought it out to score 73 on a day when few of his team-mates could put bat on ball

Others

740dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dubai

Kaushal knock as good as a ton - Mahela

Kaushal Silva narrowly missed a maiden hundred on day two in Abu Dhabi, but Mahela Jayawardene emphasised the value of Silva's 95, which he said was as good as a ton

740dUmar Farooq in Dubai

Misbah believes pitch will turn

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is banking on his spinners to deliver at a venue that he said has assisted turn significantly in the past

2nd Test, Dubai

Kaushal was unfortunate to miss a hundred

Mahela Jayawardene on Silva's 95

Sri Lanka in command

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Sri Lanka's 1st innings lead with 6 wickets remaining at the end of the second day

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st40JK SilvaFDM Karunaratne
2nd35KC SangakkaraJK Silva
3rd13JK SilvaLD Chandimal
4th139DPMD JayawardeneJK Silva
5th93DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
6th21DPMD JayawardeneHAPW Jayawardene
7th7DPMD JayawardeneHMRKB Herath
8th17DPMD JayawardeneRMS Eranga
9th12RAS LakmalRMS Eranga
10th11RAS LakmalN Pradeep