Dilruwan Perera scored half-century    AFP
Dilruwan Perera scored half-century AFP

Though Dimuth Karunaratne failed to register his first double-ton, his 196 helped Sri Lanka post a mammoth score of 461 for7 before the teams headed for dinner on Day Two of second Test against Pakistan. At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, the Pakistan bowlers failed miserably in front of Karunaratne s destructive batting as the southpaw registered his career-best Test score. After his dismissal, Dilruwan Perera scored a half-century to do further damage to their opponents. Rangana Herath (14*) and Suranga Lakmal (2*) will continue batting as the second session commences.

Sri Lanka, who added 101 runs losing a single wicket in the first session of the day, continued to dominate despite losing wickets in the second session. Pakistan managed to break the steady partnership between Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella soon after the latter got to his half-century. Dilruwan Perera promptly formed another partnership with Karunaratne and Sri Lanka s process of getting more runs on the board went on smoothly.

Karunaratne, who looked set for his maiden double-ton was denied of the same but that helped Pakistan very little, as he had added too many runs already. Pakistan seemed to have lacked another talented pacer, which led to Sri Lanka s easy runs. Dilruwan Pereras 58 was another handy knock that kept his side going even after Wahab Riaz removed Karunaratne, the big fish. The wickets, hence, did not create much pressure on the Lankans and their middle and lower middle order carried forward what their top order had initiated.

Though Sri Lanka lost 3 wickets in the session, they scored 106 runs which again makes the session go in favour of them. The team will now aim for the 500-mark.Apart from Wahab, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas were successful in the session.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 461 for 7 (Dimuth Karunaratne 196, Dinesh Chandimal 62, Niroshan Dickwella 52, Dilruwan Perea 58; Yasir Shah 4 for 172) vs Pakistan.