Clinical Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead

Clinical Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead


Sri Lanka 388 (Mahela 129, Silva 95, Junaid 3-102) and 137 for 1 (Karunaratne 62*, Silva 58) kick Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) and 359 (Misbah 97, Younis 77, Sarfraz 74, Lakmal 4-78) by 9 wickets
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It had rained for many of a night in Dubai and a floodlights were switched on to lighten a murky morning, though there were no alarms for Sri Lanka once play began on time on a fifth day. They won this Test of rubbing by bowling clinically to gloss off a Pakistan tail, and afterwards their openers rhythmical opposite any slip-ups in a follow of 137 by personification watchfully and holding liberties usually after a competition had been killed. The continue was Sri Lanka’s usually concern, as clouds collected and diluted by a day, though there was not a dump of sleet and a winning runs were scored in sunshine.

The nine-wicket feat irreproachable Angelo Mathews’ rare preference during a toss – he was a usually captain to wish to play initial in 6 Tests during this venue. It also combined weight to a evidence for batting second in Dubai: teams that did so have won 4 out of 6 matches. The representation had been during a best for a bowlers on day one, when Sri Lanka’s conflict used a substantial join transformation and rebound on offer to foot Pakistan for 165 and lay a grounds for success. Over a subsequent few days, a aspect flattened out and got slower, and holding wickets called for tough toil.

Sri Lanka had usually 3 second-innings wickets to take on a final morning, though Pakistan’s lead was 107 and had Sarfraz Ahmed replicated his insurgency of a fourth evening, a follow could have got tricky. Suranga Lakmal ensured they were not frustrated, holding a remaining wickets to grasp career-best total and foot Pakistan for 359.

Sarfraz, who had scored his lass Test fifty, could supplement usually 4 to his overnight measure of 70. Lakmal bowled him with a smoothness that reverse-swung neatly from distant outward off branch to find a opening between bat and pad. Saeed Ajmal and Rahat Ali combined 20 runs for a ninth wicket, though Lakmal shortly got a smoothness to join divided from Rahat and a batsman’s poke outward off resulted in an outward edge. Prasanna Jayawardene claimed his ninth exclusion of a compare – equalling Amal Silva’s Sri Lankan record.

The finish came early in a second hour of a day, when Lakmal swung a yorker on to Ajmal’s foot and on to a stumps. Ajmal hobbled off in pain and did not take a margin during a start of Sri Lanka’s chase.

By a time Ajmal came on to play in a 12th over of a chase, Sri Lanka’s openers had combined 23 runs. Pakistan non-stop with a offspinner Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan, and they began a counterclaim with 3 uninterrupted maidens. Dimuth Karunaratne afterwards cut and gathering Hafeez for dual bounds in 3 balls, and gathering Rahat fluently down a ground. Between those shots, he and Kaushal Silva blocked solidly.

There were few alarms for a openers in a brief duration before lunch though Sri Lanka’s run rate was only above dual an over and, as clouds gathered, sleet was their inaugural problem. The second – and final – event of a day, however, began underneath clearing skies.

A few deliveries from Junaid Khan kept low though a slowness of a aspect authorised a batsmen to play with though problems. Silva charged and strike Ajmal to long-on and pulled Junaid to low midwicket to move adult a 50-partnership in 20.2 overs. Pakistan could have damaged it mins after though Asad Shafiq put Silva down during cover, off Ajmal.

Silva scored his second fifty of a Test and Karunaratne brought adult a third of his career, and their 124-run partnership was a initial century mount between Sri Lanka’s openers since Jun 2011. Their tender openers had finished what their tender seamers had started on day one. It was Sri Lanka’s first divided win given Dec 2011 and their initial divided win opposite Pakistan given Oct 2004.

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