Chandimal 'over the moon' with Test series win

Mickey Arthur

Pakistan resumed the final day still needing another 119 runs to win with five wickets in hand but collapsed to 248 all out with Sri Lanka spinner Dilruwan claiming 5-98 to set up the win.

Pakistan's record of never having lost a Test cricket series in the United Arab Emirates ended on Tuesday when Sri Lanka won the second match by 68 runs and swept the series.

However, day five saw Sarfraz crumble with Shafiq left to bat with the tail.

The hosts will be hoping to level the two-match Test series with a win over Sri Lanka, with two days to play.

The defeat is Pakistan's first in ten series in United Arab Emirates, their adopted home since 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team, which suspended worldwide cricket back home.

It was also Pakistan's first home defeat since losing to South Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on home soil, and only the second whitewash in their history.

"This is a team performance", he said after Sri Lanka leapfrogged their opponents into sixth in the ICC Test rankings. "He did not take any wickets so before we came here we spoke to him and gave him confidence and he was successful", said Chandimal. "Their attitude and disciplibne is there and that brings the spirit too".

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Choosing against it, Sri Lanka lost all ten wickets for 96.

Pakistan's efforts to organise the final T20I against Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore has hit a roadblock after reports emerged that the Lions are reluctant to make the trip to Pakistan.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team had a disappointing outing in the first Test against the Islanders in Abu Dhabi, after the visitors finally clinched a victory by 21 runs. He took five-fers in each of three Tests in the Caribbean earlier this year as well in both matches this series. Everyone put their heart and soul into practices, even the management. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalize on good starts.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot. We knew when we came today that Dilruwan and Rangana (Herath) would do the job".

Next man in, Dilruwan could not survive the assault as he was trapped by Yasir Shah in front of wicket for a nought to leave Lanka in tatters despite a cushion of 220-run first innings lead. "We'll do better in the future".

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