Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed 50s give Pakistan fighting chance vs Sri Lanka


Two days short of precisely 10 years since they last lost a "home" Test series, Pakistan's proud record went tumbling against a revived Sri Lanka in Dubai.

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 86 at stumps alongside skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 57 not out as Pakistan need another 119 runs for a series-levelling victory.

"We have seven overs to the second new ball so we have to cash in on them and hope that Asad and Sarfraz see us through".

Day 2 of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka witnessed a freaky moment of play when pacer Wahab Riaz missed his run-up and aborted the delivery five times in a row.

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. He has also been ruled out of five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. This series, we made fifties, but we didn't convert them and we missed big partnerships. Have to give credit to their spinners too, especially Herath.

Traditionally, Pakistan have always gone in with two specialist spinners here but this was the first time they went in with only one spinner and three pacers. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew". We didn't play good cricket.

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Meanwhile, South Africa has gained one point while Bangladesh has conceded two points following the conclusion of their series, which Faf du Plessiss side won by 2-0. This is a team performance.

"The main thing is our attitude and it makes lot of difference so everyone put their heart and soul in the practices, so when they come to the match they did well". "He did not take any wickets so before we came here we spoke to him and gave him confidence and he was successful", said Chandimal.

"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said.

"It was tough last night". "We knew Dilruwan was struggling in the Indian series. We knew Dilruwan and Rangana would do the job".

Sri Lanka made 482 and 96, while Pakistan made 262 and 248. Dimuth Karunaratne was adjudicated both Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series for his 196 in the first innings and series tally of 306 runs, respectively. But I think in this series, we faced problems in our batting.