Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, 39, was the catalyst for a 21-run victory in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday, as he took 6-43 to foil Pakistan's modest chase of 136.
Sri Lanka A are expected to leave tomorrow for Jamaica, where they play three four-day "Tests" and as many one-dayers against West Indies A, from October 11 to November 5. This match between the team Pakistan and Sri Lanka is touted as the much awaited and anticipated match which is making it an important match anyway. The narrow win gives Sri Lanka a unique chance for a series win over Pakistan at their neutral venues of the UAE, where they have never lost a series in nine attempts.
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It was another brilliant display by the Sri Lankan batsmen led by left-hander Karunaratne. Herath also reached 100 wickets against Pakistan during the first Test, but Chandimal warned that the Sri Lankan's opponents should not be taken lightly. The last of the T20Is is scheduled to be played in Lahore.
The moment Sri Lanka went after him, starting from Sadeera Samarawickrama on the opening day, Pakistan simply had nothing to fall back upon.
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Yasir Shah struck in the 23rd over as he got Silva caught by captain Sarfraz Ahmed to bring a temporary respite to the Pakistan camp.
Karunaratne continued to make Pakistan suffer with Amir departing for a scan after bowling only three overs, working the ball into the leg side with great skill and countering the threat of Yasir as the aggressive Dickwella played his shots at the other end. To add to Pakistan's woes pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday.
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The second test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be played today at the Dubai global Cricket Stadium.This is the sixth day-night test match to be played with the use of a pink ball. That said, it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka face any difficulties in adapting to the nuances of a day-night Test.