Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Dubai

Taylor Byrd
October 9, 2017

Mohammad Amir will miss Pakistan's five-match one-day worldwide series against Sri Lanka due to a right shin injury.

Lahiru Gamage gave Sri Lanka their first breakthrough while Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath latter dismissed one batsman each.

Karunaratne missed a double hundred by four runs but lifted Sri Lanka to an imposing 482 in their first innings before Pakistan finished the second day at 0-51, still trailing by 431.

Sri Lanka A are expected to leave tomorrow for Jamaica, where they play three four-day "Tests" and as many one-dayers against West Indies A, from October 11 to November 5. After all their struggles at home against India - plunging to record whitewashes - which led to resignations of their selectors, then losing Angelo Mathews to injury; to come back from all that and beat Pakistan at a venue they have never lost in, it was incredible.

Starting off the day on 254/3, Sri Lanka only added 28 runs to their overnight score before captain Dinesh Chandimal was given out lbw off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 62, which came off 195 balls and included six boundaries.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of bowlers with 2-90 while Amir returned figures of 1-59.

Unlike Day Two, the Lankan bowlers were effective on Day Three. Ironically, video replay showed the ball missing the stumps. This was the second time he had left the field in between the day's play.

Pakistan took the second new ball after 82 overs but failed to claim any further wickets, with Amir walking off the field in the middle of his 17th over with an apparent injury. Both countries have won a match each in their two previous test encounters at the Dubai International Stadium.

Resuming at 3-254, Sri Lanka lost Chandimal to a lbw decision off Yasir.

Wahab has looked considerably less incisive than Hasan Ali, who got injured after the first Test in Abu Dhabi, and his ridiculously long 19th over was about the only highlight for him in Dubai apart from Dimuth Karunaratne's dismissal'.

In any event, Wahab collected himself at the tea break, and it was his discipline that helped keep Pakistan in the match through that Amir-less second session.

After Karunaratne was out, Sri Lanka slid.

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