Sri Lanka registered a historic win by 68 runs against Pakistan in the second Test match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium this evening.
With this victory, the Lankan side won the Test series by a margin of 2-0 and became the first team to win a Test series in the UAE against Pakistan.
An inspired batting by Dimuth Karunaratne and a superb spell by veteran Rangana Herath guided the visitors to a famous win.
After winning the toss Sri Lanka opted to bat on a wicket which seemed conducive for batting.
The Lankans began on a positive note as Dimuth Karunaratne and skipper Dinesh Chandimal batted ably.
After settling down, Karunaratne took the attack to the bowlers and went on to score a career-best 196.
Courtesy of his innings Sri Lanka posted 482 in their first innings.
This was a formidable total for the Lankans as no team has lost after scoring as many in their first innings in Tests in UAE.
The only bright spot was the Yasir Shah’s five-for.
However, Pakistan failed to capitalize on the momentum and was dismissed cheaply in their first innings for 262.
Set a stiff target of 317, Pakistan once again had a poor start before skipper Sarfraz Khan and Asad Shafiq put together a record partnership to bring the home side close to a win.
Shafiq also went on to score a fine hundred.
After the dismal performance against India Sri Lanka will heave a sigh of relief as this win will bring the much-needed confidence back into the side.