Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed 50s give Pakistan fighting chance vs Sri Lanka

Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed 50s give Pakistan fighting chance vs Sri Lanka

Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed 50s give Pakistan fighting chance vs Sri Lanka

A sure-footed century by Asad Shafiq kept Pakistan's hopes of saving the Test series alive in the opening session of the final day of Dubai Test on Tuesday.

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 86 at stumps alongside skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 57 not out as Pakistan need another 119 runs for a series-levelling victory.

With the new ball due early on Day 5, Sri Lanka will fancy a wicket or two to get through to the Pakistan tail.

This was Pakistan first home series loss in nearly ten years.

Chandimal was thrilled to have bounced back after being whitewashed 3-0 by India in their last Test series, and said: "We are over the moon".

Also, with the win, Sri Lanka move to sixth in Test rankings, pushing Pakistan down to the seventh position.

"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 discipline is there and that brings the spirit too". "We are looking forward to doing well in the up and coming series as well". But his absence in the five-match ODI and three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka will be felt.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team had a disappointing outing in the first Test against the Islanders in Abu Dhabi, after the visitors finally clinched a victory by 21 runs.

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"It was a tough series for us".

Pakistan's efforts to organise the final T20I against Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore has hit a roadblock after reports emerged that the Lions are reluctant to make the trip to Pakistan. Against a Pakistan attack missing Mohammad Amir, Sri Lanka collapsed to 96 all out in the space of 26 overs. Pakistans next red-ball match is against Ireland in April, which will be followed by two away Tests in England.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said.

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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And yet, when the win came, it was Dinesh Chandimal, the captain who took the catch of Wahab Riaz at deep extra cover, off the bowling of the most experienced player in the side, Rangana Herath.

Both of them batted at a snail's pace which put Pakistan under pressure.

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