Azhar Ali rested for Sri Lanka ODIs

Posted October 09, 2017

Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.

Left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit a resolute century to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable position of 254-3 at the stumps on the first day of the second Test match in Dubai on Friday.

There is so much to play in this second and final Test in Dubai.

The match is also the first day night test played by Sri Lanka.

Considering the fact that he had walked off the field during the first day itself, it begs the question why Pakistan's team management did not take him for a scan immediately and allowed him to bowl with a shin injury on the second day. Though, Pakistani top spinner Yasir Shah made a breakthrough very earlier and took Silva in just his 27 individual runs but at the end of the crease, Karunaratne stood still and kept playing.

The FIR claims that the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, who became the first bowler to take 100 wickets against Pakistan, was seen inside the hotel rooms of the Pakistani batsmen late at night. Mohammad Aamir, since he returned to global cricket in January 2016, has bowled 821.3 overs collectively across all three formats in worldwide cricket, third-most by a fast bowler after Kagiso Rabada (896.3) and Josh Hazlewood (846.1). Pakistan's joy after ending the mammoth 146-run partnership between Chandimal and centurion Dimuth Karunaratne was shortlived as Niroshan Dickwella's entry only made matters worse.

As if that was not enough, Karunaratne put on 59 for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera, who scored a polished 58.

These all are some terms of the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match which is maintain its stranglehold.

However, he was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for 52 off 53 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Mohammad Amir aborted his bowling innings after hurling down three overs in Dubai on Saturday.