Mohammad Amir ruled out of ongoing Sri Lanka ODIs

Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur
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11 October, 2017

Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed hit fighting half-centuries to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and final day-night Test in Dubai.

Sri Lanka had to fall back on much of that confidence in the fourth innings of the Dubai Test, as Pakistan made a charge for the target.

In the end, Wahab Riaz expressed hope that the classy batsman Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz would guide Pakistan to a win in this Test and help level the series.

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

Sri Lanka have wrapped up victory in the second Test by 68 runs to claim the series two-nil over Pakistan in Dubai.

The defeat is Pakistan's first in ten series in United Arab Emirates, their adopted home since 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team, which suspended worldwide cricket back home.

This is also Pakistan's first home defeat since losing to South Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on their grounds, and only the second whitewash in their history.

The gulf country has been Pakistan's home away from home since 2010, but the host couldn't overhaul Sri Lanka twice on the final days of both Tests. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalise on good starts.

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"As a captain I am looking for commitment, attitude and discipline from the players", he said.

On the fifth afternoon, however, after the field had dried, Sri Lanka began taking wickets again.

The result meant Sri Lanka has lifted from 90 points to 94 points, while Pakistan has dropped from 93 points to 88 points.

Pakistan were in the game on Day Five with only 119 runs remaining and 5 wickets in hand.

With the injury to Mohammad Amir, the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz had to shoulder the extra responsibility to help their teams cause.

Pakistan, who were placed sixth before this series with 93 points, have lost five points to slip down one position to seventh, with 13 points being the difference between them and the eighth-ranked West Indies, according to the latest rankings announced by ICC on Tuesday. Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management.

Sri Lanka had won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot". The boys are new as well and they'll learn. "I learnt a fair bit and I hope that whatever the next series is, we'll try and improve on these", he added.


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