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Sri Lanka took four wickets in the first session to put Pakistan in trouble at 115-4 at tea on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday.

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.

That leaves Pakistan in a spot of bother to square the series after losing the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi and, more importantly, save their seven-year unbeaten series record in the United Arab Emirates.

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Pakistani bowlers were quite unsuccessful in that day except Yasir Shah. Mohammad Aamir, since he returned to worldwide cricket in January 2016, has bowled 821.3 overs collectively across all three formats in global cricket, third-most by a fast bowler after Kagiso Rabada (896.3) and Josh Hazlewood (846.1).

But for all the substance Karunaratne's innings had provided, it was Sri Lanka's lower middle-order men whose enterprise gained their team the most ground on day two.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, was confident his team staging a comeback.

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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. But, debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama scored a promising 38 in his first innings and shared a 68-run stand for the second wicket, taking the score to 131-2. Incredibly, having bowled 84 overs in the first Test, he had already delivered 55.3 overs in Dubai.

However, Pakistan's task was made harder by Mohammad Amir being ruled out of bowling for the rest of the game - and the forthcoming one-day series - by a stress injury in his shin.

Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.

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