Dubai-Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second and final day-night Test in Dubai on Tuesday, clinching the series title. Sami Aslam and Babar Azam were 11 and 12 years old respectively. Apart from that last tour, whenever the Sri Lankans have come to Pakistan they have liked the country and done well.
Pakistan captain Ahmed accepted his team was below par in the series.
Sri Lanka, after being dismissed for a paltry total of 96 in their second innings, set a 317-run target for Pakistan. Dimuth Karunaratne was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series award for his epic knock of 196 in the Test match following the 93 in the first Test match.
However, according to reports, the islanders will take a final call on the matter after the visit of an independent security expert to assess the situation in Pakistan later this week.
Play today resumed with Pakistan at 198-5. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave the full throttle license to Wahab Riaz who picked up 4 wickets in his fiercesome spell to make way for Pakistan's comeback into the game. Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management.
The two sides will play a five-match ODI series in the UAE after the conclusion of the Tests with the third T20I at Lahore earmarked for October 29 in Lahore. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew".
The Pakistan cricket team has added left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz in place of seamer Hassan Ali; the leading wicket-taker of the ICC Champions Trophy is rested due to a side strain.
"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts. "He did not take any wickets so before we came here we spoke to him and gave him confidence and he was successful", said Chandimal.
At the moment, Sri Lanka is having a lead of 254 runs with Kusal Mendis at the crease on eight. "I learnt a fair bit and I hope that whatever the next series is, we'll try and improve on these". "We are looking forward to doing well in the up and coming series as well".
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"The boys executed the game plan really well in this series".