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Amir ruled out of Sri Lanka ODI series

Misbah backs Pakistan to come strong in second Test De Silva to skipper 'A' team
Wilma Wheeler | 09 October, 2017, 00:29

Pakistan beat the West Indies in their first day-night Test at the same venue a year ago, but this will be Sri Lanka's maiden pink-ball Test. Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Tv umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND) ICC match referee: Andy Pycoft (ZIM). While envelopes of empty blue and white chairs were bearing witness, Pakistan is now on the path to have progress.

Herath - a long-time nemesis of Pakistan - not only completed his 400th Test wicket this time but has, overall, taken 100 wickets in 20 Test matches against the national team. Karunaratne was unbeaten on a solid 170 for his seventh Test hundred, alongside Niroshan Dickwella on 47 not out, as Sri Lanka added 101 runs after resuming at overnight total of 254-3.

Neither player have played an worldwide match for Sri Lanka. The stronghold is under siege. According to the last news, Pakistan is in bat and finished the second day with 51 runs in exchange for no wickets. Amir had limped off the field during the second's day's play of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai. The visitors probably surprised even themselves by what happened in Abu Dhabi.

However, after beating Pakistan at their home venue, the Lions are in great confidence in second match.

What wasn't surprising, though, was how the win was achieved. This comes in as a huge blow to the host side's ambitions as they have already struggled badly in the Test series. Herath's threat won't be driving away one bit, he'll remain the same.

"This is a young batting line-up who is trying to find the match, the Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur's best attempt at trying to make sense at the final day of the match". He's right though. It will be hard to come to terms with the post Mis-You era, but there's no way around it. Yasir then went on to clean up the tail to finish with a six-wicket haul but considering he nearly conceded 200 runs, it will not go down as a Test match to remember for the leggie unless his batsmen make it memorable with a spirited fightback tomorrow.

On day one of the Day-Night Test, Amir had hurt his right shin and returned to the dressing room towards the close of play on Friday. As such, the panic button shouldn't be pressed.

Angelo Mathews missed the first Test, has now been ruled out of the second in spite of his injury.

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