Shin injury keeps Amir out on Day 2

Inept team management needs better planning to win second Test

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been taken for an MRI scan after limping off the field during second day's play in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai, a PCB spokesman told Cricbuzz.

A combination of fitness issues, low bowling resources and a charged-up Sri Lankan team have brought Pakistan to the brink of their first Test series defeat in UAE ever since they moved base to the country after the terrorist strike on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

Openers Sami Aslam (30 not out) and Shan Masood (15 not out) negotiated the 18 overs under light without any major trouble but Pakistan still needs 231 to avoid the follow on.

The match being played in Dubai is Sri Lanka's first foray into the world of day/night Test cricket.

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It was another brilliant display by the Sri Lankan batsmen led by left-hander Karunaratne.

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.

Karunaratne batted with authority and style to reach his seventh Test hundred off 197 balls, hitting Mohammad Amir for two consecutive boundaries to complete three figures. Sri Lankan batting has put Pakistan under submission as their bowlers toiled hard on an unyielding Dubai stadium pitch.

Resuming at 254 for 3, Sri Lanka lost Chandimal to a leg-before decision off Shah. Rangana Herath took a six-wicket haul as Lanka eked out a narrow 21-run victory in the first match after the first four days saw an even contest between both the teams in the opening Test. To add to Pakistan's woes pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday. Although he was cleared to bowl on Saturday, Amir could manage to bowl only three overs before hobbling off again.

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