Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Test - 5 Talking Points

Posted October 11, 2017

The ongoing second Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka here witnessed a freakish incident when the hosts' pacer Wahab Riaz missed his run-up five consecutive times, which made coach Mickey Arthur furious, who walked back to the dressing room.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan need another 119 runs on day 5 (today) to win the ongoing second Test match against the Islanders in Dubai and to square the series.

Their loss to Sri Lanka was their first-ever Test series loss since they shifted their home base to UAE and it was also the first time they suffered a whitewash in a home Test series since losing 0-3 to Australia in 2002-03.

Asked if Pakistan took Sri Lanka lightly ahead of the Test series, Sarfraz told, "No, not at all".

"Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence, it was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it. Their attitude and disciplibne is there and that brings the spirit too".

"It is very sad that we have to play our home games in neutral venues".

Perera finished with 5-98, his fifth five wicket haul, a performance Chandimal said was also praiseworthy.

Stat of the day This was the ninth Test Pakistan have lost in their past 11 matches, a run that started when they lost the final match of their three-Test series against West Indies in Sharjah previous year. Sri Lanka, who have only seen defeat in recent times, now move above Pakistan in the rankings. "They put their heart and soul into the practice sessions".

Mohammad Amir, who has been ruled out of the ODI series with a shin injury, only made four runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan.

The impact on Pakistan's Test side will not be so important beyond this match - Pakistan do not play another Test until May next year when they tour England for a two-Test series. "I got to learn a lot as captain", said Ahmed. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts. Sri Lanka played much better cricket than us. Dimuth Karunaratne was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series award for his epic knock of 196 in the Test match following the 93 in the first Test match.

Sri Lankas next Test assignment is against number-one ranked India (125 points), when the two sides will go head to head in a three-Test series starting in Kolkata on 16 November.