Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Centurion Karunaratne leads the way for Sri Lanka

Centurion Karunaratne leads the way for Sri Lanka

Karunaratne fitted Sri Lanka's mighty innings with its spine, though, but to summarise his 63 runs on day two is to re-hash the account of his progress from day one. Pakistan had begun the day at 61 for no loss, but soon haemhorrhaged four wickets for 48 runs, putting Sri Lanka in control of the Test - or so it was thought. His tally so far in the series is 84 overs in Abu Dhabi and 55.5 already in Dubai. To add to Pakistan´s woes pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday. His first stint of five-fors in four consecutive Tests came in 1990, during a back-to-back home series against New Zealand and West Indies.

A combination of fitness issues, low bowling resources and a charged-up Sri Lankan team have brought Pakistan to the brink of their first Test series defeat in UAE ever since they moved base to the country after the terrorist strike on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

It was the third collapse, however, that was the most dramatic. This was the second time he had left the field in between the day's play. Pakistan will also be without seamer Hasan Ali, who has a side strain, with he will be replaced by left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

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Sri Lanka will feel confident after winning the first test at Abu Dhabi earlier this week. Shan Masood had blocked his way to 15 off 53 balls before Dilruwan hit him in front of the stumps with a slider. In between, Yasir also had nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal out lbw.

The in-form Dickwella helped himself to a seventh Test half-century before Mohammad Abbas ended an 88-run stand by snaring the wicketkeeper-batsman caught behind.

Haris Sohail signalled his intentions by smashing Herath for a six off the second ball but considering the pitch is only going to tougher to bat on from this point in time, a deficit of 367 looks out of reach for the hosts. But it was the singles and twos that defined their partnership. He was visibly disappointed in the afternoon, tense through the twilight session, then grumpy as Pakistan's middle and lower order threw their wickets away.

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