Pakistan lose Amir as Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka on top

India and Sri Lanka are set to play each other once again this year

The Sri Lankan seamers, expected to make life hard for the Pakistan batsmen under the lights with the pink ball in the final session, turned out to be ineffective.

Pakistan has been dealt a serious short-term blow with Mohammad Amir ruled out of bowling in in then going second Test as well as the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne anchored the Sri Lanka innings with a magnificent Test-best 196 with support from Dinesh Chandimal (62), Niroshan Dickwella (52) and Dilruwan Perera (58) to get the tourists - leading the two-match series 1-0 - up to 482 all out.

Considering the fact that he had walked off the field during the first day itself, it begs the question why Pakistan's team management did not take him for a scan immediately and allowed him to bowl with a shin injury on the second day.

Not only did Karunaratne play a watchful innings to give Lanka a steady start after the visitors elected to bat after winning the toss but he also anchored the innings from time to time to keep Pakistan at bay. Karunaratne deserved a double hundred during a marathon nine hour stay at the crease but he was unluckily dismissed, playing onto leg-spinner Yasir Shah just before dinner.

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The FIR claims that the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, who became the first bowler to take 100 wickets against Pakistan, was seen inside the hotel rooms of the Pakistani batsmen late at night.

England's Sydney Barnes holds the record for most consecutive five wicket hauls with seven in as many Tests. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes Pakistan move on from the defeat in his first Test as captain.

Karunaratne played both spinners and pacers easily as he hit 14 boundaries in his century.

He tallied 15 fours and a maximum on a testing day in the field for Pakistan, for whom Yasir Shah took 2-90, while Mohammad Amir accounted for impressive debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama (38). However, the left-armer could only manage three more overs before the pain flared up again.

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