Pakistan lose Test series against Sri Lanka in UAE


DUBAI Oct 10 (TNS):   Pakistan lost the second test against Sri Lanka being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday when the team was dismissed for 248.

This was Pakistan’s first Test series loss in the UAE since the team started playing its home matches there.

Sri Lanka won by 68 runs, clean sweeping the two-match series. The last batsman, Wahab Riaz, was caught out at extra cover on a ball by Herath.

Earlier, Asad Shafiq fell after score a 112 as Pakistan staggered trying to save the Test series.

Shafiq brought up his 100 off 151 balls, as he and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed took Pakistan past 200, chasing a target of 317 in a thrilling final day of the day-night Test.

Sarfraz, however, fell to a Perera delivery for 68 off 130.

Mohammad Amir was the next to depart, leaving Pakistan at 230-7, and Shafiq survived an lbw scare soon afterwards.

Following Amir’s dismissal, Yasir Shah was the next to lose his wicket.

On Monday, both Shafiq and Sarfraz hit fighting half-centuries to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish.

Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while Sarfraz was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position at 52-5 to 198-5 at close after being set a daunting target of 317.

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. Sri Lanka won a nail-biting first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs.