Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 1: Karunaratne’s 133* keeps Pakistan at bay

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Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates after scoring his seventh Test century

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Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne starred in his country’s first-ever day-night Test match as he scored an unbeaten 133 to give them the upper hand over Pakistan in Dubai.

Sri Lanka will be looking to win the match and complete a 2-0 series whitewash after they defeated Pakistan by 21 runs in a nail-biting affair in Abu Dhabi.

Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka made a strong start to their innings as Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva amassed a 63-run partnership before Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 27.

Karunaratne and debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama kept the scoreboard ticking with a 68-run stand, during which Karunaratne brought up his fifty, before Samarawickrama was caught and bowled by Mohammad Amir for 38.

Kusal Mendis fell shortly after, but Karunaratne and captain Dinesh Chandimal steadied the innings with an unbeaten 118-run partnership, during which Karunaratne surpassed his hundred, before stumps was called.

Karunaratne finished on 133 off 281 balls, which included 15 boundaries and a six, while Chandimal remained undefeated on 49 off 153 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Amir chipped in with one.

Sri Lanka ended day one on 254/3 and will continue batting on Saturday at 15:30 local time or 11:30 GMT.

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