Amir ruled out of one-day series with injury

Beth Cruz
October 9, 2017

Yet, Pakistan found themselves in deep trouble having lost four important wickets in the first session on the third day against Sri Lanka in Dubai. Pakistan had begun the day at 61 for no loss, but soon haemhorrhaged four wickets for 48 runs, putting Sri Lanka in control of the Test - or so it was thought.

Australian Charlie Turner, on the other hand, got five-fors in six consecutive tests between 1887 and 1888 - all against England - and the tally included a total of eight five-wicket hauls.

Sri Lanka retained control of the Test, and by extension the series, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne's 196 and a pair of sprightly fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera.

Amir left the field in the afternoon session due to a shin injury that will prevent the paceman from bowling in the second innings and keep him out of the one-day global series.

The sequence of events will raise questions about why he wasn't taken for a scan earlier and why he was allowed to bowl at all 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. But this being a Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test, things rarely go that smoothly for an ascendant team.

However, the pink ball will test the visitors to some extent as they have never played an worldwide day/night test before. Wahab Riaz, who replaced Hasan Ali in Second Test, failed to pick up a wicket yet.

Aslam finished on 30 off 49 balls, which included three boundaries, while Masood remained undefeated on 15 off 59 deliveries, which included a solitary boundary. He had been on 10 when he set off for a sharp single from the non-striker's end, only to be sent back belatedly by his partner. In between, Yasir also had nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal out lbw.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chose to extend men's cricket team coach Mickey Arthur's contract until 2019 World Cup. He was visibly disappointed in the afternoon, tense through the twilight session, then grumpy as Pakistan's middle and lower order threw their wickets away.

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