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Yasir breaks Sri Lanka stand to give Pakistan early relief

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DUBAI: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck early to claim his third wicket and break the long-standing Sri Lanka partnership in the opening session of second day of the day-night Test in Dubai.

Yasir removed skipper Dinesh Chandimal for 62, leaving Sri Lanka four wickets down at 282 and delivering Pakistan some relief after a frustrating first day of Test.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254-3 on the opening day of the second Test on Friday.

The left-hander was unbeaten on 133 at stumps, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai Stadium pitch.

Karunaratne batted with authority and style to reach his seventh Test hundred off 197 balls, hitting Mohammad Amir for two consecutive boundaries to complete three figures.

Pakistan, who have never lost a Test series in the United Arab Emirates, also wasted both their reviews off the second new ball to cap a woeful day for them yesterday.

Chandimal’s team will look to become the first to win a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, whereas for Pakistan, it is a must-win encounter to save the series.(Agencies)

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