An outstanding spell of bowling from Dilruwan Perera led the visitors to an emphatic 68 runs win in the 2nd test at the Dubai International Stadium last evening. Sri Lanka sealed the series two-nil.
Losing to India and with no experience playing day/night test cricket, Sri Lanka came into the series as underdogs. But, strong performances from Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera turned things around for the visitors.
The win will give confidence and take the young Sri Lankan outfit to an impressive start to pink ball cricket. The side has also jumped to 6th place in the ICC Test Rankings.
Moreover, this is Pakistan’s first ever test series defeat in the United Arab Emirates.
“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,” said losing captain Sarfaraz Ahamed at the post-match presentation.
After conceding 482 in the first innings, Pakistan bounced back with an incredible bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to as low as 96 in the second innings. However, five early wickets in the chase carried Sri Lanka back to the driver’s seat. An unexpected partnership between the skipper and Asad Shafiq gave Pakistan hope but the experienced Sri Lankan spinners restricted the hosts to 248 in 90 overs.
“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 discipline 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.,” said Dinesh Chandimal at the post-match presentation.
Dimuth Karunaratne was adjudged man of the match and player of the series.
The two sides meet again in the one-day internationals starting Friday the 13th of October 2017.
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