Home > News >

Sri Lanka inch closer to win over Pakistan in 1st Test

Suranga Lakmal put Sri Lanka in a commanding position © Getty Images
Suranga Lakmal career best in four for 78 Sri Lanka in a commanding position © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dubai: Jan 12, 2014

Sri Lanka reached 35 for no loss at lunch as they chased Pakistan‘s meagre target of 137 on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Dubai on Sunday.

Sri Lanka have 64 overs including a minimum of 15 in the final hour to score 102 more runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, after the first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi last week.

But the weather in Dubai was cloudy and rain was forecast for later Sunday.

At the break openers Dimuth Karunaratne (18) and Kaushal Silva (14) were at the crease.

Pakistan’s lowest defended target was 127 achieved against New Zealand at Hamilton in 1993, when they dismissed their opponents for 93.

In a surprise move Pakistan opened the bowling with off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez but they failed to take any wickets.

Earlier, Sri Lankan paceman Suranga Lakmal finished with a career best four 78 as Pakistan lost their last three wickets for 29 runs to be bowled out for 359.

Lakmal removed Sarfraz Ahmed in the fourth over of the day, bringing one in sharply to beat the Pakistani’s forward defensive push and hit the off-stump. Sarfraz scored 74, batting for 211 minutes and hitting seven boundaries in a fighting innings that took the game to the final day.

Lakmal then had Rahat Ali caught behind for eight, for Prasanna Jayawardene’s ninth catch in the match. Prasanna equalled Sri Lanka’s record of nine catches by a wicketkeeper in a match set twice in successive Tests by Amal Silva against India at home in 1985.

Lakmal bowled Saeed Ajmal (21) to end Pakistan’s second innings. Lakmal’s previous best was three for 55 against Australia at Galle in 2011.

Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga and Rangana Herath took two wickets apiece.

The third and final Test starts in Sharjah on Thursday.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 165 (Khurram Manzoor 73; Nuwan Pradeep 3 for 62, Rangana Herath 3 for 26) and 359 (Younis Khan 77, Misbah-ul-Haq 97; Suranga Lakmal 4 for 78, Nuwan Pradeep 2 for 50) lead Sri Lanka 388 ( Kaushal Silva 95, Mahela Jayawardene 129, Angelo Mathews 42; Junaid Khan 3 for 102) and 35 for no loss (Dimuth Karunaratne 18*, Kaushal Silva 14*) 102 runs.

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Live Cricket Score Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Faf du Plessis dismissed first ball after break

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Live scorecard

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Chittagong

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Rilee Rossouw scores his maiden ODI half-century

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw bring up 50-run stand for 2nd wicket

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Quinton de Kock scores his 5th ODI half-century

ICC World Cup 2015: Australia in risk of overkill

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

How many calories do bananas have?

PSN, 2K, and Windows Live hack claims by DerpTrolling are reportedly a hoax

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014, 39th Match Preview: Hosts seek to avenge humiliating loss from earlier fixture

5 smart tricks to make your grocery shopping healthy

5 best moments of Karan Patel-Divyanka Tripathi aka Raman and Ishita from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein!

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Bengal vs Karnataka Semi-Final 1

NGOs pursue education for all

Varun Dhawan celebrates FC Goa’s victory over Hrithik Roshan’s FC Pune City- View Pics!

Kashmir – What have we lost and what have we won

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here