Pakistan poised to win as Asad, Sarfaraz still on the pitch
DUBAI: All eyes on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq as Pakistan look to save the Test series against Sri Lanka by securing a mind-boggling victory in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday.
Both Shafiq and Sarfraz hit fighting half-centuries on Monday to spoil Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and final day-night Test in Dubai.
Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while skipper Ahmed was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position at 52-5 to 198-5 at close after being set a daunting target of 317.
The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series. Sri Lanka won a nail-biting first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs.
Both Shafiq and Sarfraz batted confidently to raise hopes of Pakistan maintaining their unbeaten record in nine Test series in the United Arab Emirates, their adopted home since 2009.
Shafiq brought up his 19th Test fifty with a well-timed cover drive off fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, his first 50-plus score in 12 innings.
Sarfraz smashed part-timer Kusal Mendis for his fourth boundary to complete his 14th Test half-century.
Pakistan made a disastrous start when opener Sami Aslam fell for one, caught in the slips off Lahiru Gamage.
Opener Shan Masood and Azhar Ali (17) added 31 for the second wicket before the batting collapse began with Azhar caught off fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep for 17.
Earlier, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed four for 41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took three wickets in a single over to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings.
Source: Web Desk