Dimuth Karunaratne scored 196    AFP
Dimuth Karunaratne scored 196 AFP

Pakistan managed not to lose a wicket at stumps on Day Two, second Test against Sri Lanka but to take the lead, they will have to walk a long way. Sri Lanka set the bar high for Pakistan to level the series, putting up a first innings total of 482, and the credit goes to Dimuth Karunaratne who missed his maiden Test double-ton by 4 runs. Openers Sami Aslam (30*) and Shan Masood (15*) will try to build big on their partnership on Sunday as Sri Lanka end Day Two with a 431-run lead.

At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, Karunaratne’s 196 paved Sri Lanka’s way to a mammoth first innings total of 461 for 7 dec. It was one of the ideal display of batting by a team, as the batsman found ample support from his mates. Three of Karunaratne’s batting partners Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera scored half-centuries. Sri Lanka dominated both the first and the second session of the day, scoring in excess of 100 runs in both the occasions. However, the bowlers could not taste any success on Day Two as Pakistan put up 51 without any loss.

Yasir Shah benefitted the most on the turning Dubai track, as he ended the innings with a 6-wicket haul.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 461 for 7 dec. (Dimuth Karunaratne 196, Dinesh Chandimal 62, Niroshan Dickwella 52, Dilruwan Perea 58; Mohammad Abbas 2 for 100, Yasir Shah 6 for 182) vs Pakistan 52 for 0 (Sami Aslam 30*, Shan Masood 15*; Suranga Lakmal 0 for 11, Rangana Herath 0 for 1).