Didn't take Sri Lanka lightly, insists Sarfraz

Mickey Arthur

Sarfraz Ahmed scored a fighting 68, but when offspinner Dilruwan Perera induced a top edge of the Pakistan captain's mistimed sweep and broke the 173-run stand with Shafiq, Pakistan lost its last five wickets for 23 runs.

Earlier, Lanka squandered a chance to pile up more runs in their second innings after taking a big first innings lead and gave Pakistan a faint hope of fancying their chances of a victory.

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 86 at stumps alongside skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 57 not out as Pakistan need another 119 runs for a series-levelling victory.

Sri Lanka, a surprise victor of the first test in Abu Dhabi, can become the first team to beat Pakistan in a test series in the United Arab Emirates if it doesn't lose this second match.

Thirteen months after lifting the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for topping the ICC Test Team Rankings, Pakistan have plummeted to seventh in the latest Test team rankings, which were updated following the conclusion of its home series against Sri Lanka.

Chandimal was thrilled to have bounced back after being whitewashed 3-0 by India in their last Test series, and said: "We are over the moon. He did not take any wickets so before we came here we spoke to him and gave him confidence and he was successful", said Chandimal.

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I think the wicket was really good to bat on and from that point of view you have to give them a bit of advantage there. Interestingly, all the four wickets came off deliveries that kept low after being bowled short or slow.

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

"It is very sad that we have to play our home games in neutral venues". On the other hand, Sri Lanka require five wickets to wrap up the series 2-0.

Pakistan's efforts to organise the final T20I against Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore has hit a roadblock after reports emerged that the Lions are reluctant to make the trip to Pakistan.

However, according to reports, the islanders will take a final call on the matter after the visit of an independent security expert to assess the situation in Pakistan later this week.

Batting first, Dimuth Karunaratne's 196 helped Sri Lanka to a massive score of 482.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Amir has suffered an injury, and won't be able to bowl in the remaining match. But this morning, we had more than 120 runs to defend, so we all knew that in this session the ball will grip, as we have two experienced spinners in Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. "The boys are new as well and they'll learn, we'll do better in the future". "I learnt a fair bit and I hope that whatever the next series is, we'll try and improve on these", he added. "They put their heart and soul into the practice sessions". In the end, we thought 315 was still a really good total on this track.

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