result
2nd Test (D/N), Dubai (DSC), Oct 6 - 10 2017, Pakistan tour of United Arab Emirates
482 & 96
(target 317)262 & 248
Sri Lanka won by 68 runs
Player Of The Match
196
dimuth-karunaratne
Player Of The Series
306 runs
dimuth-karunaratne
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• The 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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Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka482/10(159.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Yasir Shah6/184(55.5)
Pakistan262/10(90.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Azhar Ali59 (128)
Haris Sohail56 (135)
Sri Lanka96/10(26 overs)2nd INNINGS
Pakistan248/10(90.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Asad Shafiq112 (176)

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
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 902 runs
PAK: 248/9CRR: 2.75 
Mohammad Abbas3 (8)
Wahab Riaz1 (10)
Suranga Lakmal 14-4-35-1
Rangana Herath 22-3-57-1
89.6
Lakmal to Abbas, no run

good length at middle stump, walks across the stumps and manages to turn this to fine leg

89.5
Lakmal to 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
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

89.2
Lakmal to Wahab Riaz, no run

back of a length at middle stump, defended to mid-on from the crease

89.1
1
Lakmal to Abbas, 1 run

back of a length at middle stump, confidently pushes this on the up, wide of mid-on

end of over 89Maiden
PAK: 246/9CRR: 2.76 
Wahab Riaz0 (7)
Mohammad Abbas2 (5)
Rangana Herath 22-3-57-1
Suranga Lakmal 13-4-33-1

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

88.6
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run

full and into the pads. He can't get bat on it as he looks to flick

88.5
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run

arm ball, sliding into off stump. Hurriedly tapped to extra cover off the back foot

88.4
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run

good length at off stump, defended into the off side

88.3
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

88.2
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

88.1
Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run

good length, dips at off stump, and zips off the surface to beat his outside edge

end of over 882 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 246/9CRR: 2.79 
Mohammad Abbas2 (5)
Wahab Riaz0 (1)
Suranga Lakmal 13-4-33-1
Rangana Herath 21-2-57-1

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

87.6
Lakmal to Abbas, no run

full and swinging away from outside off, left alone

87.5
Lakmal to Abbas, no run

short one outside off, looks to duck, then without looking, realises it's coming at him and sways away

87.4
2
Lakmal to 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

87.3
Lakmal to Abbas, no run

back of a length wide outside off, left alone

87.2
Lakmal to Abbas, no run

back of a length, angled down leg side. Looks to flick but tickles it to the keeper off this thigh guard

87.1
W
Lakmal to 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
Best performances - batters
Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne SL
196 runs (405)
19 fours
1 six
Control85%
Productive shot
flick
63 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Asad Shafiq portrait
Asad Shafiq PAK
112 runs (176)
10 fours
0 six
Control73%
Productive shot
cover drive
30 runs
4 fours
0 six
571373971123
Best performances - bowlers
Yasir Shah portrait
Yasir Shah PAK
O
55.5
M
9
R
184
W
6
ECO
3.29
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Dilruwan Perera portrait
MDK Perera SL
O
26
M
1
R
98
W
5
ECO
3.76
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W1W
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of United Arab EmiratesSri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates and Pakistan
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
Player Of The Series
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2278
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, Tea 16.00-16.30, Dinner 18.30-19.00, Close 21.00
Match days06,07,08,09,10 October 2017 - daynight (5-day match)
Test debut
Lahiru Gamage
Lahiru Gamage
Sadeera Samarawickrama
Sadeera Samarawickrama
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Nigel Llong
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Richard Kettleborough
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Shozab Raza
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
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