Batting in the second inning, Sri Lanka left the pitch at 96. It set the target for Pakistan to 317 runs with a day and two sessions in hand. Pakistan took on the pitch with a wobbly top order. Still, by the end of day, the match had a strong partnership between Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed. By the end of the day, the player forged a hefty sixth wicket partnership of 146 runs. Pakistan was at 198 for 5 to start the inning again on the fifth day.
Shafiq and Sarfraz became the night watchmen with the unbeaten scores of 86 and 57. With this endeavor, Pakistan kept the series alive with a strong prospect to win the match. A victory in this fixture will level the series at 1-1 for both the teams.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka bowled decisively keeping the economy intact. Dilruwan Perera took three wickets for 76 runs. Rangana Herath bolstered his attack but could not break into the line-up. Kusal Mendis has been strict with his line and length, toppling down a couple of wickets.
Since 2009, Pakistan did not lose a series in UAE. It has played nine series, of which the team won five and draw four. Now, in this match, the team has a day and a target of 119 runs to win the match. Also, there are four more players down the line up with the top strikers still on the chase. Hence, the prospect to win is stronger for Pakistan.
Earlier, Sri Lanka faced a total collapse in the hands of Pakistan bowlers and fielders. The score of 96 is the third lowest score by Sri Lanka against the team. Haris Sohail and Wahab Riaz were the top attackers in the inning to remove 3 and 4 wickets respectively. Sohail gave only a single run in his spells.
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