Perera picks five as Sri Lanka end Pakistan's resistance to win series 2-0

Dilruwan Perera (centre) picked a five wicket haul
Dilruwan Perera (centre) picked a five wicket haul

Sri Lanka 482 & 96 (Riaz 4-41) beat
Pakistan 262 & 248 (Shafiq 112) by 68 runs
Second Test, Dubai, day five

Dilruwan Perera picked a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed Pakistan for 248 runs in the final innings to win the second Test in Dubai by 68 runs, thereby completing a 2-0 series whitewash.

Pakistan resumed the final day with a score of 198 for five, still needing 119 more runs to win. Asad Shafiq (112) and Sarfraz Ahmed (68), who added a monumental partnership on the fourth day shared three boundaries between them to bring down the target under 100 runs.

However, Perera, who was Sri Lanka's best bowler on display in the second innings provided the breakthrough when he had the Pakistan skipper caught in the deep and in his next over also trapped Mohammad Amir (4) LBW.

At the end of the first hour's play, Pakistan needed 77 more runs to win with just three wickets in hand.

Any chance of Pakistan pulling out an incredible win was put to rest when Rangana Herath (2-57) accounted for both Yasir Shah (5) and Wahab Riaz (1) while Suranga Lakmal (1-35) picked the key wicket of Shafiq to bowl Pakistan out for 248 runs.

The 68-run win also meant Sri Lanka have completed a 2-0 series whitewash with Dimuth Karunaratne bagging the player of the match and the player of the series awards.

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