Sri Lanka moves up in ICC test rankings

Sri Lanka moves up in ICC test rankings

Sri Lanka moves up in ICC test rankings

Sri Lanka consigned Pakistan to its first series defeat in the United Arab Emirates, prevailing by 68 runs as Asad Shafiq's century proved in vain in the second Test in Dubai.

Earlier, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed 4-41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took three wickets in a single over to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings after they resumed on 5-34.

Starting off the day on 198/5, Pakistan continued to edge their way closer to victory, but after Asad Shafiq and captain Sarfraz Ahmed added 27 runs to their 146-run partnership, Sarfraz was caught by Nuwan Pradeep at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Dilruwan.

With the new ball due early on Day 5, Sri Lanka will fancy a wicket or two to get through to the Pakistan tail.

Sri Lanka seized the moment and kept dismissing the tail-enders to bring the match to an end, winning by 68 runs to wrap up the series 2-0.

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The 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has come to an ending stage.

"It was a tough series for us".

Pakistan were in the game on Day Five with only 119 runs remaining and 5 wickets in hand. Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management.

In the first innings, Wahab Riaz finished with a spell of 1-62 from 26 overs, after having picked up the crucial wicket of opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who missed out on a double ton, departing for 196.

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Mohammad Amir will not be bowling for Pakistan in the match owing to his injury. It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it.

The impact on Pakistan's Test side will not be so important beyond this match - Pakistan do not play another Test until May next year when they tour England for a two-Test series. "We knew Dilruwan and Rangana (Herath) would do the job".

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said. "We'll do better in the future".

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