Azhar Ali's (R) dismissal brought Pakistan on the mat    Getty Images
Azhar Ali’s (R) dismissal brought Pakistan on the mat Getty Images

Sri Lanka have tightened their screws over Pakistan in the second and final Test at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. Visitors are just 5 wickets away from imposing a series whitewash over Pakistan in UAE. This may also be their first series loss on their adopted turf. Dilruwan Perera and Nuwan Pradeep’s breakthroughs have reduced Pakistan to 62 for 5 at dinner.

In pursuit of 317, Pakistan resumed at 15 for 1 after tea. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood got involved in a brief stand before Azhar’s wicket triggered the collapse. Dinesh Chandimal employed a fielder stationed between square leg and forward short leg. The ploy worked as an inside edge flew directly towards the fielder, initiating Azhar’s long walk back. What followed was total surrender. Perera found a wonderful length to trigger Haris Sohail, Shan Masood and Babar Azam’s departure in quick succession.

The pitch is conducive for spin and Perera has resorted to effective line and lengths consistently. He has been ably supported by Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Gamage. The most striking factor of Pakistan’s meek surrender is that Rangana Herath is yet to take a wicket.

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 62 for 5 (Shan Masood 21, Azhar Ali 17; Dilruwan Perera 3 for 18, Nuwan Pradeep 1 for 2) by 255 runs.