Second Test: Pakistan need 317 to win

Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 86 at stumps alongside skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 57 not out as Pakistan need another 119 runs for a series-levelling victory.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Amir has suffered an injury, and won't be able to bowl in the remaining match. Amir opted to review the decision after being given out, but it went in vain as the umpire's decision was upheld.

"We are over the moon", Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said.

The opening batsman was 133 not out at the close as the tourists, 1-0 ahead in the two-match series, posted 254 for three.

"Our preparations were fine, but we just missed big partnerships".

Pakistan had Mohammad Asghar, the left-arm spinner, and Bilal Asif, the offspinner, in the squad but the management surprisingly said they were "lacking quality" and did not give them a chance. 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.

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If everyone who reads our reporting, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure and we will be able to keep our and your perspective going. This is a team performance. Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence. "Those were tough times for everyone but we learn a lot of things from that India series as a team and as individuals". You can tell when they are in the middle that we are really enjoying it.

"As a captain I am looking for commitment, attitude and discipline from the players", he said. Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew. We all know that here in Dubai, it spins more than Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan, ranked No. 1 a year ago, will drop to No. 7, below Sri Lanka, which began the series as the underdog.

Karunaratne, who made 93 in the first innings of the opener last week, and Kaushal Silva shared Sri Lanka's first half-century opening partnership in nine Test innings.

It is Pakistan's first Test series loss in the United Arab Emirates since it became their unofficial "home" for cricket following the 2009 terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

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