Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistan, Sri Lanka lock horns in final day-night Test today

Pakistan, Sri Lanka lock horns in final day-night Test today

Karunaratne became the first Sri Lanka opener to record three Test centuries in a calendar year since 2012, only Proteas opener Dean Elgar has scored more hundreds this year with his tally of five. This match between the team Pakistan and Sri Lanka is touted as the much awaited and anticipated match which is making it an important match anyway.

The veteran leg spinner, statements come after Pakistan shock defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test match, owing to mammoth performance of Lankan spin maestro Ragana Herath. Herath exposed the nominal hosts' new batting line-up, shorn of batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq for the time since they retired in May. "We all know Rangana is a legend so I am sure he will be a really good asset for this game as well", said Chandimal of his match-winner, who took his 400th Test wicket in Abu Dhabi.

The 26-year-old played the last of his 10 Tests against India last August, and averages 38 with two centuries already under his belt.

Sri Lanka made two changes from the first Test, leaving out Lahiru Thirimanne and Lakshan Sandakan for Samarawickrama and paceman Lahiru Gamage while Pakistan brought in fast bowler Wahab Riaz in place of the unfit Hasan Ali.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz bagged one wicket each.

Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.

Head Coach Mushtaq Ahmed, has informed that the cricketing authorities are in search of a left-arm spin bowler. Pakistan's miseries were compounded in the morning when pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday.

Karunaratne completes 3,000 runs in only his 44th Test to join an elite list of Sri Lankan batsmen Sri Lanka were dismissed for 482 in their first innings on the second day of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dubai yesterday.

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