Jan 122014
Karunaratne eases Sri Lanka to victory

Sri Lanka had little trouble as they recorded a comfortable nine-wicket win on the final day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Dimuth Karunaratne made an unbeaten 62 and fellow opening batsman Kaushal Silva 58 as Sri Lanka chased down their target of 137 for the loss of just one wicket.

Suranga Lakmal had earlier taken three scalps in the morning session to end Pakistan’s hopes of salvaging a draw, mopping up the tail for the addition of just 29 runs as the home side were finally dismissed for 359.

Dimuth Karunaratne, wearing the helmet, is congratulated by the Pakistan players after his unbeaten 62 led Sri Lanka to a nine-wicket victory on the final day of the second Test in DubaiSri Lanka had few scares as they set about their pursuit, Karunaratne hitting eight fours in his 125-ball knock.

Silva was dropped by Asad Shafiq at cover when on 24, and recovered to bring up a half-century before he fell lbw to Saeed Ajmal.

Sri Lanka were already on 124, though, and Kumar Sangakkara joined Karunaratne at the crease to seal victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan had started the final day on 330 for seven, an unlikely lead of 107 after wiping out a first-innings deficit of 223.

Sarfraz Ahmed carried their hopes of avoiding a defeat as he looked to build on the maiden Test half-century he scored on day four.

He began the day on 70 but could only add four more runs to his tally before Lakmal bowled him with an inswinger.

Sarfraz’s dismissal sparked the beginning of the end for Pakistan.

Lakmal accounted for Rahat Ali soon after as wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene pouched his fifth catch of the innings, and Ajmal was the last man to fall two overs later as his knock was ended on 21 by the same bowler, who finished with figures of 4-78.

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