Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

710dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Assertion sparks Sri Lanka's Chandimal reign

Against Zimbabwe and India, Sri Lanka had not begun to respond to their new leader. But Dinesh Chandimal put a stamp on his outfit with bold leadership against Pakistan

709dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Understudy's understudy takes centre stage

Dilruwan Perera might have missed out on selection but instead stepped forward to give Sri Lanka balance and options - and a famous series win

Day 4

Day 3

711dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Babar Azam needs to break the habit

In his short Test career, he has been dismissed close to lunch, tea or stumps too many times and it is hurting Pakistan

Day 2

712dBharath Seervi

Karunaratne's hunger for long innings

Dimuth Karunaratne has played some remarkably long innings recently, and is emerging as a batting leader for Sri Lanka post the Jayawardene-Sangakkara era

712dOsman Samiuddin in Abu Dhabi

'Tired' Yasir not interested in records

Yasir Shah has continued to be play the role of both workhorse as well as strike bowler ever since Pakistan started playing three fast bowlers more often

Day 1

714dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Karunaratne ton helps Sri Lanka build steadily

The opener's seventh Test century and his unbeaten 118-run stand with captain Dinesh Chandimal laid the groundwork for Sri Lanka on the opening day of the pink-ball Test

713dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Inside the heart of a Karunaratne classic

Being excluded from the ODI squad seemed not to bother the Sri Lanka opener, as he scored his seventh Test hundred to give his team control of the innings

713dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Memory of Amir clouds the new reality

The world has waited for the spells of 2010 from Mohammad Amir but - for a host of reasons - they have failed to really materialise. However, all is not lost

Others

709dOsman Samiuddin

The mixed emotions of Asad Shafiq

The batsman leaves Dubai with the relief of having returned to form, the heartbreak of seeing another heroic innings go in vain, and the frustration of needing to wait seven months to play his next Test match

710dESPNcricinfo staff

The 5467-day wait to beat Pakistan in UAE

Fifteen years, 5467 days on, Pakistan suffered a Test series defeat in the UAE at the hands of Sri Lanka, who pulled off a feat beyond Australia, South Africa and England

714dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Pakistan look to seniors to undo Abu Dhabi anomaly

The performances of some key players amplified long-standing issues of form, but Sarfraz Ahmed is positive that one innings doesn't make a bad side as Pakistan look to avoid a first home series defeat in ten years

714dOsman Samiuddin in Dubai

Pakistan's curious affair with day-night Test cricket

It's expensive to host in the UAE, the market circumstances are unlike others in the cricket world, and the turnout is negligible. So why does Pakistan insist on playing pink-ball cricket there?

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.