Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position

 07 Oct 2017 - 0:40

Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position
Sadeera Samarawickrama (left) and Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka leave the field during the first day of the second Test match against Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, yesterday.

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Dubai:  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 day-night Test in Dubai yesterday.
The left-hander was unbeaten on 133, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (49 not out) 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.
He batted for 381 minutes, hitting 15 boundaries and a six.
Karunaratne fell seven runs short of a hundred in the first Test in Abu Dhabi where Sri Lanka won by 21 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Chandimal followed his 155 not out in the opening Test with another confident innings, collecting five boundaries as the Sri Lankan pair blunted Pakistan’s bowling attack.
Pakistan took the second new ball after 82 overs but failed to claim any further wickets, with Amir walking off in the middle of his 17th over with an apparent injury. 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.  Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of bowlers with 2-90 while Amir returned figures of 1-59.
Karunaratne and opening partner Kaushal Silva (27) provided a solid platform for Sri Lanka with a 63-run stand.