Didn't take Sri Lanka lightly, insists Sarfraz

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Pakistan failed to capitalise on Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq's fourth-day stand as the hosts were dismissed by Sri Lanka for 248 on day five of the second Test in Dubai. Sami Aslam and Babar Azam were 11 and 12 years old respectively. The Spanish world number one, enjoying a late-career flourish, dispatched Russia's promising Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 on the outside hard court in Beijing.

Dinesh Chandimal officially stepped into the captaincy about 48 hours before the beginning of a Test, and his team very almost lost it, against Zimbabwe.

Baut, Pakistani bowlers took revenge on the Lions and stopped Lanka's second innings in just 96 runs.

But once their partnership was broken Sri Lanka, having already won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi, quickly closed in on the victory.

He was their standout bowler in the Champions Trophy final in June against India, a three-wicket burst at the top of the order instrumental in Pakistan's win.

Play today resumed with Pakistan at 198-5. Dilruwan Perera got the first breakthrough of the day for the visitors dismissing Sarfraz Ahmed (68). Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management. He took five-fers in each of three Tests in the Caribbean earlier this year as well in both matches this series.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot". We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts. But this morning, we had more than 120 runs to defend, so we all knew that in this session the ball will grip, as we have two experienced spinners in Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.

However, Pakistan stunned the Sri Lankans as it sent half of their batsmen including first innings Centurion Dimuth Karunaratne and in-form Dinesh Chandimal to the pavilion for just 34 runs in second innings.

The way victory was finally sealed for Sri Lanka, clinching a 68-run win at the Dubai International Stadium, was fitting. "If they provide a positive feedback, we will send a representative to assess the situation again before making a final decision", SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told the Sunday Times. "We'll do better in the future".

"The guys played some really outstanding cricket", Chandimal said. "After the India series, I think we did really well in the first Test and these ten days". It had always been thought that dew would play a role in day-night Tests at venues nearer the equator.

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