Pakistan fightback after getting bowled out for 262
By Krunal, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
2nd Test: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2017, Cricket highlights
After the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled Pakistan out for 262 and gave their team a sizeable lead of 220 runs, they found themselves in a very strong position of winning the Test as well as the series. But by the time the day ended, they found themselves staring down the barrel as they lost 5 wickets for just 34 runs in their second innings. Still, an overall lead of 254 runs means the visitors have an upper hand over the hosts.
It was a great burst of fast bowling from Wahab Riaz, who bowled with a lot of venom and picked up three of the five wickets. Firstly, he got rid of the centurion Karunaratne, who got out in a very similar fashion to the first innings – inside edge back onto the stumps. Then in his very next over, he got the debutant Samarawickrama caught down the leg-side with the help of a bouncer. And to make things worse for Sri Lanka, he also got rid of Dinesh Chandimal in the last over of the day. Really it was a fabulous comeback by Wahab and Co. to keep their team alive in the contest.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka continued to dominate the game as they picked up 4 wickets in the first session. The Pakistani openers could only 10 more runs to the overnight total, before Shan Masood was dismissed by debutant Lahiru Gamage. In the very next over, Dilruwan Perera rapped Sami Aslam plumb in front and gave the visitors a double blow.
The responsibility to revive the innings was on the shoulders of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, but the latter failed once again to make a decent score and Pakistan lost their third wicket on the score of 92. Babar Azam also fell cheaply and got himself out by playing a poor shot on the bowling of Herath. As a result, Pakistan lost 4 wickets in the first session and were in a spot of bother at 115/4.
After the Tea break, it was the pair of Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail, who stabilized the innings by adding 71 runs for the fifth wicket. Their partnership was working well for Pakistan and they needed it to continue for as long as possible. Just when it appeared that the second session would go wicket-less for Sri Lanka, the wily old fox Rangana Herath provided them with a major breakthrough by getting rid of Azhar Ali (59).
Once the partnership was broken, Sri Lanka were quick in making further inroads as they picked up 3 more wickets, including that of Haris Sohail (56), and reduced the hosts down to 220/8. In the end, it was only because of some bashing from Yasir Shah, who scored a handy 24, that Pakistan were able to get past the 250-run mark. The leggie was the last one to be dismissed as Lakmal cleaned him up and wrapped up Pakistan's innings on the score of 262.