Sri Lanka Beat Defiant Pakistan
Sri Lanka brought Pakistan's defiant resistance to an end with a nine-wicket victory midway through the final day of the second Test in Dubai.
Pakistan managed a score of 359 in their second innings to set Sri Lanka a target of 137.
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (62 not out) and Kaushal Silva (58) almost took Sri Lanka home without losing a wicket with a partnership of 124 and they comfortably won the match between lunch and tea to move into a 1-0 series lead with one game remaining.
Pakistan began the final day on 330 for seven with a lead of 107 but they could add just 29 to their score before Sri Lanka bowled them out.
Sarfraz Ahmed added just four before he fell for 74 in 142 balls when he was bowled by Suranga Lakmal, who then produced another searing delivery to also bowl Saeed Ajmal for 21.
In between those dismissals he had had Rahat Ali caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene for eight and by finishing with figures of four for 78, it meant Sri Lanka were batting quickly, and that the forecast bad weather would likely not interrupt their run chase.
Silva, who has fallen just short of centuries in both Tests so far, made 58 in 134 balls before Ajmal had him trapped in front fo break the partnership, but by then the game was as good as won.
Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 62 in 125 balls while Kumar Sangakkara hit nine in 20 balls, including the winning runs, to put the seal on deserved win for Sri Lanka; aside from when Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz were clinging on in their second innings, Pakistan were outplayed in all departments.
The third and final Test gets underway in Sharjah on Thursday, 16th January.
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