Sri Lanka 'over the moon' after downing Pakistan in Dubai

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot".

It was Pakistan's first series defeat at their adopted home of the United Arab Emirates in seven years.

"We are over the moon", Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said.

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 2-0 to sweep the Test series in UAE.

196 by Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's first innings is the highest score by a Sri Lankan opening batsman since Sanath Jayasuriya's 253 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2004.

The decision follows after he suffered a shin injury during the opening day's play in the ongoing Test against the same opposition in Dubai. Karunaratne forged a marathon knock off 405 balls, setting up a match-winning total in the first innings for the Lankans.

The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series. The southpaw was unfortunate to miss out on his maiden double century of his career after missing out on a ton in the first Test (dismissed on 93).

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Haris then got the wicket of Fernando on the last ball of his over to finish his single-over bowling spell with 3 wickets for 1 run. One early wicket will take Sri Lanka back to the driver's seat on day 5. It was of utmost importance for Pakistan to dismiss the Tigers as cheaply as possible. Sri Lanka now at No.6 trails fifth ranked Australia (97 points) by three points.

The last time they experienced this feeling, home still meant home - as in, Pakistan. Against a Pakistan attack missing Mohammad Amir, Sri Lanka collapsed to 96 all out in the space of 26 overs.

Yasir Shah was cleaned up by Herath while the victory was brought up when Herath had number 10 Wahab Riaz caught gleefully by Chandimal for one.

Starting off the day on 198/5, Pakistan continued to edge their way closer to victory, but after Asad Shafiq and captain Sarfraz Ahmed added 27 runs to their 146-run partnership, Sarfraz was caught by Nuwan Pradeep at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Dilruwan.

It would have been all over on the 4th day itself had the captain and Shafiq stitched a vital partnership to save the day through without any further calamity.

Pakistan top-order once again failed to exorcise the demons in the pitch before Sarfraz and Shafiq took control of the situation to steady the ship.


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