Sri Lanka whitewash Pakistan in UAE

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A sure-footed century by Asad Shafiq kept Pakistan's hopes of saving the Test series alive in the opening session of the final day of Dubai Test on Tuesday.

During the Sri Lanka innings, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed 4-41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took 1-3 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings after they resumed at 34-5.

It was tough on Shafiq to finish on the losing side, the batsman hitting his first ball of the day for four to bring up the 150 partnership and see his team past the 200 mark.

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 2-0 to sweep the Test series in UAE.

Earlier, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took three wickets to push Sri Lanka closer to an impressive win.

"Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence, it was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it". Let us look at the five talking points of the second Test match.

Perera could have claimed the wickets of Shafiq, on 26, and Ahmed, on 22, but both were dropped by Mendis at short leg off successive balls, leaving Sri Lanka to rue the missed chances.

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But despite walking five hitters and needing 88 pitches to get through the first four innings, he kept the score at 1-0. In the bottom half, Bellinger secured the final out of the inning when Jeff Mathis popped out in foul territory.

Pakistan were forced to play at the neutral venue following a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009. Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day global against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.

"The main thing is our attitude and it makes lot of difference so everyone put their heart and soul in the practices, so when they come to the match they did well".

With the injury to Mohammad Amir, the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz had to shoulder the extra responsibility to help their teams cause.

The first game of the series treated us with a crackerjack of game.

They themselves were playing the first series since the retirements of Misbah and Younis Khan. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts. "Last night it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew".

If everyone who reads our reporting, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure and we will be able to keep our and your perspective going. Dimuth Karunaratne was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series award for his epic knock of 196 in the Test match following the 93 in the first Test match.

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