Second Test: Pakistan need 317 to win

Sri Lanka, who won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs, also became the first team to beat Pakistan in a Test series in their adopted home of the UAE.

The fifth day started with Sarfraz and Asad Shafiq in the middle after they had lifted Pakistan from 52 for 5 to 198 for 5 in their chase of 317.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had agreed a deal in principal with Cricket Sri Lanka (SLC) to stage the final T20I in Lahore as opposed to the UAE where the two sides are now battling it out in the Test series.

"This is a team performance", he said after Sri Lanka leapfrogged their opponents into sixth in the ICC Test rankings. "And the management and selectors gave the team a lot of confidence".

"As a captain I am looking for commitment, attitude and discipline from the players", he said.

"It was a tough series for us".

Perera could have claimed the wickets of Shafiq, on 26, and Ahmed, on 22, but both were dropped by Mendis at short leg off successive balls, leaving Sri Lanka to rue the missed chances.

Stat of the day This was the ninth Test Pakistan have lost in their past 11 matches, a run that started when they lost the final match of their three-Test series against West Indies in Sharjah a year ago.

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.

With the injury to Mohammad Amir, the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz had to shoulder the extra responsibility to help their teams cause.

Sri Lanka had been whitewashed by India at home before this series.

The impact on Pakistan's Test side will not be so important beyond this match - Pakistan do not play another Test until May next year when they tour England for a two-Test series.

"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said. "I think we did not play good cricket", said Ahmed, captaining for the first time in Tests. They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions.

196 by Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's first innings is the highest score by a Sri Lankan opening batsman since Sanath Jayasuriya's 253 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2004. "We knew when we came today that Dilruwan and Rangana (Herath) would do the job". "We'll do better in the future".

  • Angelo Rivera