Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights Today 7th October 2017
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Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
Dimuth Karunaratne’s unbeaten 133 – an innings defined by its smoothness and control – ensured Sri Lanka’s first brush with day-night Test cricket was a success. They moved to 254 for 3 by stumps, after debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed a delectable 38, and Dinesh Chandimal progressed to the verge of another cautious half-century. Earlier in the day, Kaushal Silva had hung around for 27 off 71 balls as well. Pakistan had got themselves in the match soon after the tea break when Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis fell in quick succession. Though they had Sri Lanka 136 for 3 at one stage, no further wickets would come in the second half of the day. Their frustrations were compounded in the last half an hour when Mohammad Amir pulled up in the middle of 88th over and left the field clutching his thigh, prompting concerns over the state of his hamstring. Sarfraz Ahmed also burned their two reviews trying to dismiss the irritating Chandimal.
Though the quicks gleaned good movement with the new pink balls, it was Yasir Shah who was the most menacing bowler, getting faster and faster turn off the Dubai pitch through the day. He bowled 29.3 overs and returned figures of 2 for 90. Amir was the other bowler to make a breakthrough – his first in the series. While other batsmen advanced at varying rates around him, Karunaratne was Sri Lanka’s day one metronome. Samarawickrama produced a boundary-filled cameo; Chandimal and Kaushal stonewalled, almost becoming completely inert at times. Karunaratne, however, progressed evenly, never getting pinned down, never pressing the attack for long. He struck three fours off one Mohammad Amir over just before the tea break, but that was as exciting as his day got. Otherwise, he was seen flicking balls to his favourite midwicket region and working the spinners towards square leg. Over a hundred of his runs and 11 of his 16 boundaries came on the leg-side.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.
Sri Lanka team/playing XI
FDM Karunaratne, JK Silva, S Samarawickrama, BKG Mendis, LD Chandimal (c), N Dickwella †, MDK Perera, HMRKB Herath, RAS Lakmal, PLS Gamage, ANPR Fernando.
Match Timings: 03:00 PM PKT
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Umpires – Ian Gould, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpires – Nigel Llong
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Shozab Raza