Dubai (October 8, 2017): Sri Lanka were dismissed for 482 in their first innings on the second day of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Saturday.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a career best 196 while Dinesh Chandimal (62), Dilruwan Perera (58) and Niroshan Dickwella (52) were other main contributors.
Leg spinner Yasir Shah finished with 6-184. Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0.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 51-0, still trailing by 431 runs.
Openers Sami Aslam (30 not out) and Shan Masood (15 not out) negotiated the 18 overs under light without any major trouble but Pakistan still need 231 to avoid the follow on.
That leaves Pakistan in a spot of bother to square the series after losing the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi and, more importantly, save their seven-year unbeaten series record in the United Arab Emirates.
It was another brilliant display by the Sri Lankan batsmen led by left-hander Karunaratne. Karunaratne deserved a double hundred during a marathon nine hour stay at the crease but he was unluckily dismissed, playing onto leg-spinner Yasir Shah just before dinner.Karunaratne hit 19 boundaries and a six, improving on his previous best Test score of 186 made against the West Indies at Galle two years ago.
When on 143 he brought up his 3,000th run in his 44th Test, the 12th Sri Lankan to reach that milestone.
Shah took 6-184 in a marathon 55.5 overs of hard work and toil on a flat Dubai stadium pitch. His haul makes him the only spinner ever to take five or more wickets in five consecutive Tests.