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Pakistan off to solid start after Sri Lanka post 482

Dimuth Karunaratne scored 196 runs
Dimuth Karunaratne scored 196 runs

Sri Lanka 482 (Karunaratne 196) v
Pakistan 51-0 (Aslam 30no)
Second Test, Dubai, day two

After a 196 run knock Dimuth Karunaratne powered Sri Lanka to 482 runs, the Pakistan openers got them off to a solid start of 51 for naught at stumps on day two of the second Test in Dubai.

Shan Masood (15 not out) and Sami Aslam (30 not out) ensured they negated the 18 overs of play with the latter being more positive, scoring three boundaries.

They brought their 50-run opening stand off 86 deliveries and finished the day with 51 for naught. They still trail Sri Lanka by 431 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed the day at 254 for three. Dinesh Chandimal (62) brought his half-century with a boundary in the first over of the day and soon Karunaratne (196) reached 3,000 runs in Test cricket.

Yasir Shah (6-184) got the breakthrough when he trapped Chandimal LBW but soon Karunaratne crossed the 150-run mark. Quick fifties from Niroshan Dickwella (52) and Dilruwan Perera (58) provided solid support to Karunaratne, who fell short of the double century by four runs.

Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 482 runs in 159.2 overs with Yasir completing another six-wicket haul in Test cricket.

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