However, after tea, Pakistan struck twice in quick succession through Amir and Shah to put the Lanka on the backfoot albeit briefly. Herath also reached 100 wickets against Pakistan during the first Test, but Chandimal warned that the Sri Lankan's opponents should not be taken lightly. Later on in the second session, Riaz was warned for running onto the danger area.
Having lost the first clash last week, the home side in Abu Dhabi responded well to Sri Lanka's mammoth total, closing on 51-0 at stumps. The two teams have gone head-to-head with each other in a series comprising two Tests, five ODIs and three T20s.
It was in the first day of play in the second Test match that Mohammad Amir hurt his right shin. But the team management didn't opt for a scan. Rangana Herath (14*) and Suranga Lakmal (2*) will continue batting as the second session commences. Chandimal knocked six boundaries in another enterprising knock which followed his unbeaten 155 in the first Test. Dickwella's assured knock had five boundaries before he edged pacer Mohammad Abbas to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed while Perera smashed seven boundaries before becoming Shah's fifth wicket - his 13th five-wicket haul in 28 Tests. Sri Lanka now leads the Test series by 1-0.
Pakistan claimed wickets in consecutive overs to apply some pressure midway through their opponents' innings, with Kusal Mendis adding just one run before following Samarawickrama back to the pavilion. But no satisfactory answer has been provided.
And just as things have started to fall apart for Pakistan, Sri Lanka have picked their game up.
Quoting Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal, a communique issued on the official website of the ICC states that Lahiru Thirimanne may not play in the second test owing to an injury.
According to reports, discipline has been top priority for the islanders and one member of the current side has already been warned of possible suspension if he breaks team rules. And if they do manage that, the flawless storm created in Pakistan's dressing room would have played a major role in it.