Sri Lanka wrap up historic series win

  • Sri Lanka wrap up historic series win

Sri Lanka wrap up historic series win

For the first time since 2008, Pakistan lost a Test series at home (in Pakistan and UAE).

Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 262 on Sunday but paid the price for not enforcing the follow-on.

Victory was brought up when Rangana Herath had number 10 Wahab Riaz caught gleefully by skipper Dinesh Chandimal for one. Pakistan had to chase 317 for victory.

Since adopting UAE as their "home" base in November 2010 as a outcome of security issues in their native place, Pakistan played as many as 9 Test series before suffering their first series defeat in the region. Asad Shafiq was 86 not out off 141 balls, and captain Sarfraz Ahmed was 57 off 113 balls.

"You could say we should've played two spinners here but the bigger problems we got were from the batting areas".

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.

Whereas the win against Pakistan has Sri Lanka move up in the rankings by one spot. Even though the 25-year-old did return to bowl on day two, he once again left the field with discomfort after bowling just three overs.

A paddle to fine leg for a single brought up his 11th Test hundred, before he was dropped from his next delivery by Dimuth Karunaratne at slip off the bowling of Dilruwan, whose disappointment was soon alleviated as Sarfraz top edged a sweep and was well held at fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep. He and his captain made it to dinner of the day-night test, and carried their bats through the last session, Pakistan's best in the test. One early wicket will take Sri Lanka back to the driver's seat on day 5.

Seamers Lakmal (2-41) and Lahiru Gamage (2-38) shared the remaining wickets between them.

This squares off a 2-0 series win for Sri Lanka having defeated Pakistan by 21 runs.

As he has done thousands of times before, Sarfraz went down to sweep the fifth ball of Dilruwan Perera's over.

The draw is now the favourite outcome at 4/5 with Sky Bet while Sri Lanka are 9/4 to win, with Pakistan priced at 7/2.

1 - Asad Shafiq is the only batsman to score two 4th inns centuries in the a year ago.

Pakistan's pacers clearly lacked fitness, with Hasan Ali being ruled out after the first Test, and Amir's injury on the second day reducing their attack to three bowlers.

940 runs scored by Karunaratne in the ten Tests he featured so far this year - third-most by any player behind the South African duo of Dean Elgar (1097) and Hashim Amla (942).