Sri Lanka moves up in ICC test rankings

by Leon Thompson October 11, 2017, 0:10
Sri Lanka moves up in ICC test rankings

Pakistan, chasing a demanding target of 317, were 198-5 at close on the fourth day of the second and final day-night Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai.

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Dinesh Chandimal officially stepped into the captaincy about 48 hours before the beginning of a Test, and his team very almost lost it, against Zimbabwe.

Despite having lost five wickets for mere 34 runs in second innings, Sri Lanka still looks dominant over Pakistan in Second Test, considering the latter's shaky batting lineup and last two days.

Pakistan were dismissed for 262 in their first innings, conceding a big 220-run lead following Sri Lanka's first innings 482.

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Together with Dickwella (62), Chandimal (52) and Dilruwan Perera (58), Karunaratne stitched some valuable partnership to take the game further away from the Pakistanis.

A paddle to fine leg for a single brought up his 11th Test hundred, before he was dropped from his next delivery by Dimuth Karunaratne at slip off the bowling of Dilruwan, whose disappointment was soon alleviated as Sarfraz top edged a sweep and was well held at fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep. "They put their heart and soul into the practice sessions". He has also been ruled out of five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew". "The boys are new as well and they will learn".

The Pakistan cricket team has added left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz in place of seamer Hassan Ali; the leading wicket-taker of the ICC Champions Trophy is rested due to a side strain. It had always been thought that dew would play a role in day-night Tests at venues nearer the equator. "We will have some senior players returning and I hope we'll play better cricket there". Lanka began the day on positive note as Mendis and Dickwell (21) added 25 runs for the sixth wicket, taking the score to 59 before Raiz struck again to break the partnership and start the skid.

"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said. I'm really honoured and privileged to win this series, and especially to do it as a captain. "The selectors have also supported me to create the culture and passion we had in the past".

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