Shafiq reaches 100 as Pakistan look to save series

Shafiq reaches 100 as Pakistan look to save series

Shafiq reaches 100 as Pakistan look to save series

The ongoing second Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka here witnessed a weird incident when the hosts' pacer Wahab Riaz missed his run-up five consecutive times, which made coach Mickey Arthur furious, who walked back to the dressing room. At the interval Asad Shafiq (four) and Sarfraz Ahmed (seven) were at the crease as Pakistan, needing another 255 runs to win, face their first series defeat in United Arab Emirates since adopting it as their home venue in 2009. Dilruwan Perera successfully too a five-wickes while Suranga Lakmal was also responsible for the wicket of Asad Shafiq.

This squares off a 2-0 series win for Sri Lanka having defeated Pakistan by 21 runs.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had agreed a deal in principal with Cricket Sri Lanka (SLC) to stage the final T20I in Lahore as opposed to the UAE where the two sides are now battling it out in the Test series. Last night, it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew (but) we knew when we come today, it will grip more.

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.

"Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence, it was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it".

Perera could have claimed the wickets of Shafiq, on 26, and Ahmed, on 22, but both were dropped by Mendis at short leg off successive balls, leaving Sri Lanka to rue the missed chances.

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Sri Lanka bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake is afraid of Pakistan due to the element of unpredictability that they are known for.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Amir has suffered an injury, and won't be able to bowl in the remaining match. Sri Lanka played much better cricket than us.

The last two matches of the five-match series will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on October 20 and 23.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 306 runs at an average of 76.50, was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series, and said: "I just wanted to play the anchor role for my side". Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot". In the end, we thought 315 was still a really good total on this track. "Those were tough times for everyone but we learn a lot of things from that India series as a team and as individuals".

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