It can be considered as a bad day which cost Pakistan the first Test; not even that, those match was in the bad sessions. It will be the first day-night Test that Sri Lanka will be a part of, and they can commemorate it by attaining a historic series win.
Pakistan suffered a major setback ahead of the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the fast bowler M Aamir was ruled out of the five-match series due to a stress injury in his right shin.
According to insiders, the batsmen have also criticised the board's decision to organise a day and night Test match - the third that Pakistan will play and second at Dubai - given what is happening at night. 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.
Karunaratne added 146 with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (62) for the fourth wicket before another 88 were put on for the fifth between him and Niroshan Dickwella, who made a rapid 52. The pitch in Dubai shouldn't play a whole lot differently than Abu Dhabi, so there are runs to be had again.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Dimuth Karunaratne scored his seventh Test Century, and scored unbeaten 133 runs at Stumps. Karunaratne started to make partnership with different players and gave his wicket in 6th in number which means, he played with five different players in the match though he was an opener.
Karunaratne moved seamlessly from 133 overnight to 196, 10 more than his previous highest score, nearly two years to the day against West Indies in Galle. Herath remained not out with his 27 runs so far. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is the pick of the bowlers with 3-120. He took six wickets in 55.5 overs.
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.