Assertion sparks Sri Lanka's Chandimal reign

It is worth mentioning here that Sri Lanka is leading the two-match Test series 1-0. He came back in the second innings and claimed another couple of wickets to take his tally to 8 wickets in the match.

Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir has been ruled out of the upcoming One-Day International series against Sri Lanka to be played in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier in the first innings, Pakistan crumbled at 262, falling short of 220 runs to level 483, Sri Lanka's score while batting first. After losing five wickets on day three for a mere 34 runs, Lanka could manage to add just 62 runs to their overnight score and lost the remaining five wickets in the first hour of the play only.

Dinesh Chandimal officially stepped into the captaincy about 48 hours before the beginning of a Test, and his team very almost lost it, against Zimbabwe.

It is believed that several of the Sri Lankan players want to help Pakistan in its quest to bring back global cricket but will wait for approval from the independent security committee before making up their decision.

Pakistan was set for a second test match with Sri Lanka hasn't gone into the favor of the Pakistani team yet, which didn't have the most exciting and fruitful day, as it dealt with heavy blows. The kind of innings Asad (Shafiq) played, if we had gotten that in the last game, or in the first innings here, then we could've gotten out of it. Surely Sarfraz Ahmed, Misbah's successor, must have a few clues about how UAE wickets play.


Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is hopeful his team can claw their way to a famous win. Captaincy is very different in Tests - changes session by session.

However, day five saw Sarfraz crumble with Shafiq left to bat with the tail.

Pakistan's lone spinner Yasir Shah had 16.

Perera finished with 5-98, his fifth five wicket haul, a performance Chandimal said was also praiseworthy.

Earlier, Sami Aslam failed to capitalise on a half-chance when he was caught by Kusal Mendis in slips off a no-ball off Lajiru Gamage. Masood and Azhar Ali (17) added 31 for the second wicket before the wicket slide began with Ali caught off paceman Nuwan Pradeep for 17.

Traditionally, Pakistan have always gone in with two specialist spinners here but this was the first time they went in with only one spinner and three pacers.


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