Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Dubai

Misbah backs Pakistan to come strong in second Test

Pakistan cricket team were bowled out for 262 as Sri Lanka took a 220-run lead on the third day of the Pink Ball Test in Dubai.

The listless efforts of two premier left-arm pacers summed up Pakistan's fortunes not only in the Dubai Test but the two-match series. "We never underestimate Pakistan, they are a really good side, especially in the last couple of series they have played really good cricket", said Chandimal, whose team will replace Pakistan at sixth in the world rankings with a series win. Karunaratne was unbeaten on a solid 170 for his seventh Test hundred, alongside Niroshan Dickwella on 47 not out, as Sri Lanka added 101 runs after resuming at overnight total of 254-3. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah had nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal out for one as Pakistan started to stage a fightback. Mohammad Aamir, since he returned to worldwide cricket in January 2016, has bowled 821.3 overs collectively across all three formats in global cricket, third-most by a fast bowler after Kagiso Rabada (896.3) and Josh Hazlewood (846.1).

Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, was confident his team staging a comeback. Toss will take place half an hour prior to the first ball - 14:30 hrs PST.

If their performance in the tour thus far is anything to go by, then Pakistan will certainly miss Amir's services in the ODI series and hence should brace themselves for a tough assignment against a resuscitated Sri Lankan team. But, debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama scored a promising 38 in his first innings and shared a 68-run stand for the second wicket, taking the score to 131-2.

Sri Lanka will feel confident after winning the first test at Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

In any event, Wahab collected himself at the tea break, and it was his discipline that helped keep Pakistan in the match through that Amir-less second session. Shan Masood had blocked his way to 15 off 53 balls before Dilruwan hit him in front of the stumps with a slider.

Moreover, Sadeera's inclusion can be a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as Lahiru Thirimanne has not done so well in the recent past.

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