Pakistan vs Sri Lanka trophy unveiled at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Both captains will face off tomorrow in a two-match Test series

Kusal Mendis was dismissed by Yasir Shah for 10 in the last over before the break, becoming the leg-spinner's second scalp of the session.

Meanwhile, latest entrant Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42.

Karunaratne (93) and captain Chandimal (60 not out) led Sri Lanka's recovery, putting on 100 for the fourth wicket before they closed on 227-4. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 2-59 for Pakistan.

Pakistan, playing a Test match for the first time since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retired, had their opponents struggling at 61-3 at lunch.

This brief two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which includes a day/night game in Dubai, is not any different apart from the fact that that some of the faces have changed in both teams, and so have their leaders.

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Be it against South Africa, Australia or England, Pakistan have never had the misfortune of losing a Test in Abu Dhabi and against a struggling Sri Lankan side, there is little chance that that record will change.

However, when he was just seven runs away from his century, disaster struck as Karunaratne was run out by Mohammad Abbas.

The pair made Pakistan so invincible that they have not lost any of the nine series they have played in UAE, with new captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitting it will be tough to replace them.

After working so hard for his runs Karunaratne trudged off wondering what might have been and Dickwella was fortunate not to follow him when Pakistan failed with a review for lbw after Yasir got one to turn sharply. "We will try our best to play good cricket against Sri Lanka", he said.

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