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Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254 for three on the opening day of the second day-night Test in Dubai yesterday.

The left-hander was unbeaten on 133, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (49 not out) after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai Stadium pitch.

Karunaratne batted with authority and style to reach his seventh Test hundred off 197 balls, hitting Mohammad Amir for two consecutive boundaries to complete three figures.

He batted for 381 minutes, hitting 15 boundaries and a six.

Karunaratne fell seven runs short of a hundred in the first Test in Abu Dhabi where Sri Lanka won by 21 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Chandimal followed his 155 not out in the opening Test with another confident innings, collecting five boundaries as the Sri Lankan pair blunted Pakistan's bowling attack.

Pakistan took the second new ball after 82 overs but failed to claim any further wickets, with Amir walking off the field in the middle of his 17th over with an apparent injury.

Pakistan, who have never lost a Test series in the United Arab Emirates, also wasted both their reviews off the second new ball to cap a woeful day for them.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of bowlers with 2-90 while Amir returned figures of 1-59.

Sri Lanka made two changes from the first Test, leaving out Lahiru Thirimanne and Lakshan Sandakan for Samarawickrama and paceman Lahiru Gamage while Pakistan brought in fast bowler Wahab Riaz in place of the unfit Hasan Ali.

This is the sixth day-night Test with a pink ball since Australia and New Zealand played the first such contest at Adelaide in December 2015.

SCOREBOARD

Sri Lanka 1st innings

D Karunaratne not out 133

K Silva c Ahmed b Shah 27

S Samarawickrama c and b Amir 38

K Mendis c Shafiq b Shah 1

D Chandimal not out 49

Extras: (lb 1, nb 4, w 1) 6

Total: (for 3 wkts; 90 overs) 254

Still to bat: N. Dickwella, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. Gamage, N. Pradeep

Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Silva), 2-131 (Samarawickrama), 3-136 (Mendis)

Bowling: Amir 16.3-5-59-1, Abbas 18-5-48-0 (1nb), Riaz 13-5-25-0 (3nb), Shah 29.3-5-90-2, Shafiq 8-1-16-0 (1w), Sohail 5-1-15-0

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas

Match situation: Sri Lanka are 254 for three in the first innings

Toss: Sri Lanka

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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