Azhar Ali rested for Sri Lanka ODIs

by Antonio Miles October 9, 2017, 0:29
Azhar Ali rested for Sri Lanka ODIs

"We all know Rangana is a legend so I am sure he will be a really good asset for this game as well", said Chandimal of his match-winner, who took his 400th Test wicket in Abu Dhabi. "But when six of the top seven batsmen all witness the same thing, there has to be some action".

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne continued his demolition of Pakistani bowlers to take Sri Lanka to 355-4 at tea on the second day of the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday.

"You have no idea what the pink ball has been doing in my dreams since Monday night", confessed a senior Pakistani batsman wishing anonymity, citing potential threats to his wicket.

Trailing by 482 runs, Pakistan made a solid start to their innings as Sami Aslam and Shan Masood amassed an unbeaten 51-run partnership before stumps was called.

A combination of fitness issues, low bowling resources and a charged-up Sri Lankan team have brought Pakistan to the brink of their first Test series defeat in UAE ever since they moved base to the country after the terrorist strike on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

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Chandimal followed his 155 not out in the opening Test with another confident innings, collecting five boundaries as the Sri Lankan pair blunted Pakistan's bowling attack.

It is worth mentioning here that Sri Lanka is leading the two-match Test series 1-0. Mohammad Aamir, since he returned to global cricket in January 2016, has bowled 821.3 overs collectively across all three formats in worldwide cricket, third-most by a fast bowler after Kagiso Rabada (896.3) and Josh Hazlewood (846.1). Chandimal scored 62 runs and Perera scored 58 runs for the team.

He batted for 381 minutes, hitting 15 boundaries and a six.

To add to Pakistan´s woes pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday.

Shah and Abbas mopped up the tail.


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