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Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka create history by becoming the first team to beat Pakistan in the UAE

Pakistan once again crumbled when the chase looked to be in control and lost the Test match.

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Sri Lankan team celebrated Mohammad Amir’s wicket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

They came into the series amidst tremendous criticism, scrutiny and very low morale. The Sri Lankan team had lost all the 9 matches against the Indians in their own backyard and was at the rock bottom. Flying into UAE what was Pakistan’s fortress of sorts at least in Test cricket as they had not lost a single series (before this series) not a lot was expected from Dinesh Chandimal & Co. But today as the series concluded they beat Pakistan in both the Tests and claimed the series 2-0.

The second Test, in particular, got off on a great note for the visitors as opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a hundred and got out just 4 short of a well deserved double ton. Middle order contributions from the skipper Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera helped them to 482 in the first innings. Pakistan in their response couldn’t challenge the total and were skittled out for 262 handing Sri Lanka a 220-run first innings lead.

The confidence or too much of it for having a lot of runs on the board caused a batting order failure and no Lankan batsman managed to even score a 30. Wahab Riaz who went wicketless in the first innings made a splendid comeback to pick a 4-wicket haul and that broke the backbone and ensured they were bowled under 100 restricting the lead to 316 runs.

Chasing a three hundred plus target in the fourth innings is never easy on a subcontinent wicket and at 52/5 it looked like Pakistan would crumble once again like they did in the opening Test. But that was when Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed played defying knocks and stitched a 173-run partnership to barge back in the game.

On the last day, the hosts needed 119 runs to win with 5 wickets in hand and it looked pretty even, but once Perera got rid of Sarfraz for 68 it was a matter of time. Shafiq tried his best with his 251-ball 112 but they fell short of the target by 68 runs and thus Sri Lanka lifted the trophy bagging the series 2-0.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Sri Lanka’s series win:

https://twitter.com/CricProf/status/917717709315592193

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