Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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.

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

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

90 | 2 Runs | PAK: 248/9

  • Mohammad Abbas3 (8b)
  • Wahab Riaz1 (10b)
  • Suranga Lakmal14-4-35-1
  • Rangana Herath22-3-57-1
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, good length at middle stump, walks across the stumps and manages to turn this to fine leg
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, back of a length at middle stump, defended to mid-on from the crease
Lakmal to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, full and into middle stump, hurriedly clipped off the toes to deep square
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
Lakmal to Wahab Riaz, no run, back of a length at middle stump, defended to mid-on from the crease
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, 1 run, back of a length at middle stump, confidently pushes this on the up, wide of mid-on

89 | (maiden) | PAK: 246/9

  • Wahab Riaz0 (7b)
  • Mohammad Abbas2 (5b)
  • Rangana Herath22-3-57-1
  • Suranga Lakmal13-4-33-1

SR : "lakmal slips under the radar, but has bowled really well. Has picked up some crucial wickets. "

Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, full and into the pads. He can't get bat on it as he looks to flick
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, arm ball, sliding into off stump. Hurriedly tapped to extra cover off the back foot
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, good length at off stump, defended into the off side
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, steps out and gets an inside edge. Didn't get to the pitch of this. Doesn't take the single
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, good length at middle stump, winds up to drive inside-out, checks his shot to tap it into the covers
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, good length, dips at off stump, and zips off the surface to beat his outside edge

88 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 246/9

  • Mohammad Abbas2 (5b)
  • Wahab Riaz0 (1b)
  • Suranga Lakmal13-4-33-1
  • Rangana Herath21-2-57-1

Fahad Saleem: "Cricket changes so quickly. That was what happened in Brisbane and it is again happening in Dubai. Cruel game. Poor Shafiq"

Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, full and swinging away from outside off, left alone
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, short one outside off, looks to duck, then without looking, realises it's coming at him and sways away
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, 2 runs, good length, swinging away from the corridor. Hangs his bat out and gets a thick outside edge through backward point

Couple of slips and a gully waiting

Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, back of a length wide outside off, left alone
Lakmal to Mohammad Abbas, no run, back of a length, angled down leg side. Looks to flick but tickles it to the keeper off this thigh guard
Lakmal to Asad Shafiq, OUT, taken at fly slip! A stunning catch by Kusal Mendis! Is that the game? You'd think so. This is back of a length, swinging away from off stump. He reaches out at it on the front foot and it rises on him. Thick outside edge that hangs low to Mendis' right and he gets his hands under it before tumbling to hold on. A superb innings from Shafiq, but he won't take them home this time

Asad Shafiq c Mendis b Lakmal 112 (251m 176b 10x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

87 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | PAK: 244/8

  • Wahab Riaz0 (1b)
  • Asad Shafiq112 (175b)
  • Rangana Herath21-2-57-1
  • Suranga Lakmal12-4-31-0
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run, good length at off stump, defended into the off side
Herath to Yasir Shah, OUT, stumping appeal. It looks very close. A superb delivery from Herath, dipping at middle stump, and beating the outside edge. And he's out. You have very little chance against this man if you're a lower-order bat. Slow, loopy ball at middle and leg draws Yasir into the drive. He goes against the turn and doesn't get to the pitch. Long, long way down. So long down that Dickwella, who doesn't gather it cleanly, has time to untangle himself and let it roll into his gloves, before taking the bails offf

Yasir Shah st †Dickwella b Herath 5 (34m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.73

End of an era


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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