Sri Lanka thrash Pakistan, claim Test series

Observer Report


Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second and final day-night Test in Dubai on Tuesday, clinching the series title.
Sri Lanka’s win ends Pakistan’s unbeaten track record on neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, where the latter had not lost a Test series in nine attempts since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, drawing four series and winning five.
Pakistan were all out for 248 runs on Tuesday in chase of Sri Lanka’s 317-run target. Karuna Ratne was awarded man of the match and man of the series for his outstanding batting, with 196 runs in the Sri Lankan innings.
With this loss, Pakistan have fallen to the seventh spot in the ICC Test rankings – a stark difference from their position on top of the rankings last year, when Misbah-ul-Haq was captain of the team.
It was game over for Pakistan after the final batsman, Wahab Riaz, was caught out by Dinesh Chandimal off a delivery from Test hero Rangana Herath, who became the second Sri Lankan to bag 400 wickets in the first Test against Pakistan. Riaz, who made a single run. was caught in the deep trying hit one out of the ground.

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