Asad Shafiq remains unbeaten on 86    Getty Images
Asad Shafiq remains unbeaten on 86 Getty Images

Just when you write off Pakistan, they will become the most dangerous side and perform at their best. On Day Four of the second Test against Sri Lanka, Pakistan end at 198 for 5, chasing 317. They were languishing at 62 for 5, and one would have expected the likes of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath to finish the match in the last session but wasn’t the case. Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq’s brilliant counterattack have put hosts on the verge of leveling the series on Tuesday.

The last session saw Sarfraz and Shafiq fighting against the odds. They showed urgency in the middle, something the other batters lacked. Sarfraz played in his usual manner by playing his strokes and altering the lengths by coming down the track. On the other hand, Shafiq timed the ball and worked the gaps effectively. The duo ran well between wickets and kept the scoreboard moving. Dinesh Chandimal resorted to his spinners, Perera and Herath, in tandem and even rotated his pacers but found no luck.

In this way, Sarfraz and Shafiq notched up the highest-sixth wicket stand (unbeaten 146-run partnership) in Pakistan-versus-Sri Lanka contest. Hosts are on cthr ourse to retain their unbeaten streak in UAE. They are yet to lose a series on their adopted turf, and a strong comeback has put them at the doorstep of an emphatic victory.

Needless to say, Sarfraz’s energy coupled with Shafiq’s composure has turned the tides in the Test once again.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 482 and 96 (Kusal Mendis 29, Niroshan Dickwella 21; Wahab Riaz 4 for 41, Haris Sohail 1 for 3) lead Pakistan 262 and 198 for 5 (Shan Masood 21, Asad Shafiq 86*, Sarfraz Ahmed 57*; Dilruwan Perera 3 for 76, Nuwan Pradeep 1 for 6) by 119 runs.