Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Visitors stumble as hosts fight back after conceding big first-innings lead

Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared six wickets between them as Pakistan were dismissed for 262.

AFP, October 08, 2017

Dubai: Sri Lanka, after gaining a big 220-run lead in the first innings, were struggling at 34-5 at close on the third day of the second day-night Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.

Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed for nought in the last over before close, with Kusal Mendis not out on five.

Sri Lanka have an overall lead of 254 runs with five wickets intact.

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz, left, celebrates after he dismissed Sri Lanka's batsman Dimuth Karunaratne during their third day at Second Test cricket match against in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (L) celebrates after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 3. AP

Earlier, Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared six wickets between them as Pakistan were dismissed for 262.

Perera took 3-72 while Herath recorded figures of 3-84 as Pakistani batsmen once again flopped on a batting friendly Dubai Stadium pitch, losing their last six wickets for 82 runs.

It was 21 runs short of the follow-on mark but Sri Lanka did not enforce it.

It came in total contrast to Sri Lanka's batsmen who piled up 482 in their first innings, taking a big 220-run lead with opener Dimuth Karunaratne notching a career-best 196.

Only Azhar Ali with 59 and Haris Sohail (56) offered some resistance during a battling fifth-wicket stand of 71 that lifted Pakistan from a struggling 109 for 4.

Herath trapped Ali leg-before and reviewed it to overturn a not-out decision, triggering the collapse. Ali hit six boundaries in his patient knock.

Sohail was the eighth wicket to fall, trapped in front by Perera to end any hopes of Pakistan reaching a respectable total.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed made 14 before he miscued a sweep and was caught off Perera.

Paceman Lahiru Gamage took his first wicket in Test cricket when he bowled Shan Masood through the gate after the opener had made 16.

Sami Aslam was trapped leg before by off-spinner Perera for 39 to leave Pakistan two down with 65 runs on the board.

Asad Shafiq fell for 12. Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0.

Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114