Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi test today

Anita Tucker
September 29, 2017

Dimuth Karunarathne stole the thunder from Yasir Shah as he fell short of a deserving century on Day 1 of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

The first test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will start from 28th September at Abu Dhabi.

Be it against South Africa, Australia or England, Pakistan have never had the misfortune of losing a Test in Abu Dhabi and against a struggling Sri Lankan side, there is little chance that that record will change. Pakistan will be playing a Test match without batting stalwarts Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan for the first time in seven years.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a brilliant 93 before getting run out while their captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 60 runs in the 184 balls he faced.

Veteran legspinner Yasir Shah took 2-18 for Pakistan in the morning - Kusal Mendis was caught behind for 10 and Lahiru Thirimanne went leg before wicket for a duck.

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Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42.

Except for India due to political reasons, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, nearly all high-profile teams have had their turn facing Pakistan in Tests and in limited over games here in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah with Pakistan more or less being dominant against them.

The pair made Pakistan so invincible that they have not lost any of the nine series they have played in UAE, with new captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitting it will be tough to replace them. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 Test series whitewash at the hands of India.

The team has worked really hard over the past few weeks, he said.

Azhar was in doubt for the first Test after suffering a knee injury but he has since responded well to treatment, while Yasir Shah will lead the spin attack in a squad with five fast bowlers.

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