Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Sri Lanka hands Pakistan first Test series defeat in UAE

Sri Lanka hands Pakistan first Test series defeat in UAE

Pakistan, chasing 317 for a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs, were bowled out for 248 an hour before the first break on the fifth and final day to lose by 68 runs.

Much like the Day Night Test in Australia where Pakistan nearly chased down a mammoth target batting fourth, Asad Shafiq featured in yet another heroic effort to give a glimpse of hope for his country to overhaul the total.

However, day five saw Sarfraz crumble with Shafiq left to bat with the tail.

Pakistan lost their first Test series in UAE after going 0-2 down to Sri Lanka in the just-concluded two-Test series. Until this Sri Lanka side, one totally stripped bare of anything resembling household names, and one that arrived in the emirates last month with their confidence entirely shot.

The gulf country has been Pakistan's home away from home since 2010, but the host couldn't overhaul Sri Lanka twice on the final days of both Tests. This was my first series as captain and it was pretty tough.

Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad Amir - unable to bowl in the second innings due to a shin injury - leg before wicket for 4, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory. At the end, team Pakistan has scored 198 runs and they have just five wickets in hand.

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196 by Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's first innings is the highest score by a Sri Lankan opening batsman since Sanath Jayasuriya's 253 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2004.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal hailed the character of his side after they bounced back from a chastening defeat to India with an historic win over Pakistan.

"The main thing is our attitude and it makes lot of difference so everyone put their heart and soul in the practices, so when they come to the match they did well".

Sri Lanka had been whitewashed by India at home before this series. We came close in both matches, but we haven't played good cricket and that's why we have lost the series. "I got to learn a lot as captain", said Ahmed. But this morning, we had more than 120 runs to defend, so we all knew that in this session the ball will grip, as we have two experienced spinners in Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. "The boys are new as well and they will learn".

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