DUBAI: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne missed a maiden double hundred by four runs but still put Sri Lanka on a strong footing at 461-7 in the second day-night Test in Dubai on Saturday.
Karunaratne cracked a career best 196 during a marathon nine-hour, seven minutes stay at the crease before he unluckily played onto leg-spinner Yasir Shah just before dinner.
At the interval, Rangana Herath was batting on 14 with Suranga Lakmal unbeaten on two on a day of another hard toil for Pakistani bowlers on a flat Dubai stadium pitch.
Pakistan trail by 1-0 in the series after they lost the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.
Karunaratne added 146 with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (62) for the fourth wicket before another 88 was put on for the fifth between him and Niroshan Dickwella who made a rapid 52.
As if that was not enough Karunaratne put on 59 for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera who scored a polished 58.
Karunaratne hit 19 boundaries and a six and improved on his previous best Test score of 186 made against the West Indies at Galle two years ago.
When on 143 he completed his 3,000 runs in 44th Test. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has figures of 4-172.
To add to Pakistan´s woes pace spearhead Mohammad Amir walked off the field after a recurring shin injury sustained late on Friday. He managed to bowl just three overs in the day.
Earlier, Yasir Shah struck early to claim his third wicket and break the long-standing Sri Lanka partnership in the opening session of second day of the day-night Test in Dubai.
Yasir removed skipper Dinesh Chandimal for 62, leaving Sri Lanka four wickets down at 282 and delivering Pakistan some relief after a frustrating first day of Test.
Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254-3 on the opening day of the second Test on Friday.
The left-hander was unbeaten on 133 at stumps, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai Stadium pitch.
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.
Pakistan, who have never lost a Test series in the United Arab Emirates, also wasted both their reviews off the second new ball to cap a woeful day for them yesterday.
Chandimal’s team will look to become the first to win a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, whereas for Pakistan, it is a must-win encounter to save the series.