Dilruwan Perera finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat
Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday and take the
Perera had figures of 5-98 as Pakistan, chasing a tough 317 to win,
were bowled out for 248 in the second hour of fifth and final day at
Asad Shafiq fought hard during his 112-run knock - his 11th Test
hundred - and together with his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (68) added 173
for the sixth wicket.
But once their partnership was broken Sri Lanka, having already won
the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi, quickly closed in on the
This is Pakistan's first series defeat at their adopted home of
United Arab Emirates (UAE) in seven years. They had won five of the
previous nine, with four drawn.
Pakistan were forced to play in the neutral venues of the UAE
following the deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore
This is also Pakistan's first home defeat since losing to South
Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on their grounds, and only the second
whitewash in their history.
They previously suffered a 3-0 defeat against Australia, a series also played at neutral venues in Colombo and UAE in 2002.
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal, whose team lost to India 3-0 in August, hailed "a team performance".
"They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions.
"It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it. The
boys executed the game plan really well in this series. We knew when we
came today that Dilruwan and Rangana (Herath) would do the job."
Pakistan skipper Ahmed was left ruing a tough series.
"It was a tough series for us. We came close in both matches, but we
haven't played good cricket and that's why we have lost the series,"
Shafiq was the ninth man out when he edged paceman Suranga Lakmal to
slip where Kusal Mendis took a low diving catch to end all Pakistan's
hopes of an upset win.
Shafiq's 253-minute knock had 10 boundaries but he again failed to
help Pakistan cross the line, just like his 137 in the lost cause
against Australia at Brisbane last year.
Pakistan had looked to the overnight partnership of Shafiq and Ahmed
to guide them to the winning target after resuming at 198-5, needing
another 119 for victory.
Both Shafiq and Ahmed had lucky escapes but Perera finally broke the
resistance when Ahmed was caught off a miscued sweep at deep fine leg by
Ahmed hit five boundaries during his 130-ball knock.
Shafiq brought up his hundred with a paddled sweep single off Perera
and was reprieved on the same score when Dimuth Karunaratne dropped a low
catch of the same bowler.
Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad
Amir - unable to bowl in the second innings with a shin injury - leg
before for four, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory.
Yasir Shah was cleaned up by Herath while the victory was brought up
when Herath had number 10 Wahab Riaz caught gleefully by Chandimal for
Sri Lanka had gained a decisive 220-run lead by scoring 482 in the
first innings on the back of Karunaratne's career best 196 and then
bowled Pakistan out for 262.