Aamir ruled out of Lanka ODI series

Inept team management needs better planning to win second Test

Pakistan middle-order batsman Azhar Ali has been rested for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka beginning October 13 in UAE. "We all know Rangana is a legend so I am sure he will be a really good asset for this game as well", said Chandimal of his match-winner, who took his 400th Test wicket in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lankan spinners Dilruwan Perera (3-72) and Rangana Herath (3-84) had bundled Pakistan out just after dinner to put Sri Lanka in sight of a series win. Late on day one, Amir left the field nursing an injury to his shin, but he had been cleared to bowl on the second day, and yet, could manage no more than three overs before leaving the field again.

The debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama looked an exceptional talent and played a brilliant 38 runs knock off 35 balls before he fell prey to Muhammad Amir. Captain Dinesh Chandimal can take a little credit as well - two of the wickets in this period came from overturning umpires' decisions, via reviews.

He arrived with the team for the second day and came on to bowl in the 11th over of the afternoon. But this being a Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test, things rarely go that smoothly for an ascendant team.

They won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.

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Mohammad Abbas made the initial breakthrough, getting Kaushal Silva to nick a straightening ball behind.

For Pakistan, Wahab Riaz is in for Hasan Ali.

Aslam finished on 30 off 49 balls, which included three boundaries, while Masood remained undefeated on 15 off 59 deliveries, which included a solitary boundary. Had Suranga Lakmal been more accurate with his throw, Pakistan would have lost an early wicket.

The in-form Dickwella helped himself to a seventh Test half-century before Mohammad Abbas ended an 88-run stand by snaring the wicketkeeper-batsman caught behind. He had been on 10 when he set off for a sharp single from the non-striker's end, only to be sent back belatedly by his partner. Azhar favoured the legside, stepping out towards off stump to flick or sweep the spinners. He smashed four boundaries and two sixes.

"This is a young batting line-up obviously trying to find their way", was Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur's best attempt at trying to make sense of what had transpired on a insane final day.

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