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Dimuth Karunaratne misses double ton, Sri Lanka under control vs Pakistan

Dimuth Karunaratne made 196, his career-best score in Tests as Sri Lanka were under control against Pakistan in the Pink Ball Test in Dubai.

cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:54 IST
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Dimuth Karunaratne’s career-best 196 gave Sri Lanka total control of the Pink Ball Test against Pakistan in Dubai.(AFP)

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a career best 196 to guide Sri Lanka to an imposing 482 in their first innings of the second and final day-night Test in Dubai on Saturday.

In response, Sami Aslam (30*) and Shan Masood (15*) guided Pakistan to 51/0 at stumps on day 2 as they look to square the series and keep their hopes of remaining unbeaten in the UAE ever since this was made their home away from home in 2010.

Karunaratne missed his double hundred by four runs in a marathon nine hour stay at the crease on the second day of the Test before he unluckily played onto leg-spinner Yasir Shah just before dinner.

Yasir took 6-184 in a marathon 55.5 overs of hard work and toil on a flat Dubai stadium pitch. Pakistan trail by 1-0 in the series after they lost the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.

Karunaratne added 146 with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (62) for the fourth wicket before another 88 was put on for the fifth between him and Niroshan Dickwella, who made a rapid 52.

As if that was not enough, Karunaratne put on 59 for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera who scored a polished 58. Karunaratne hit 19 boundaries and a six, improving on his previous best Test score of 186 made against the West Indies at Galle two years ago.

When on 143 he brought up his 3,000th run in his 44th Test. To add to Pakistan’s woes, pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday. He managed to bowl just three overs in the day.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 23:54 IST