Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera yesterday finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and take the series 2-0. It was Azam's fifth duck in six matches this year. Deciding to not enforce the follow-on, they came in to bat late Sunday only to face the wrath of Wahab - who had looked feeble and uncomfortable just a day earlier.
Dinesh Chandimal officially stepped into the captaincy about 48 hours before the beginning of a Test, and his team very almost lost it, against Zimbabwe.
Haris Sohail's memorable 3-wickets over also bundled Sri Lanka's second innings for 96 runs.
Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 306 runs at an average of 76.50, was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series, and said: "I just wanted to play the anchor role for my side".
The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series.
The effects of the vacuum left by the retirements of players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan should be a cautionary tale for Pakistan. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave the full throttle license to Wahab Riaz who picked up 4 wickets in his fiercesome spell to make way for Pakistan's comeback into the game. They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions.
The last two matches of the five-match series will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on October 20 and 23. "We knew when we came today that Dilruwan and Rangana (Herath) would do the job".
"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said.
Chandimal had started this victory march, with an indefatigable first-innings century in a furnace in Abu Dhabi last week. It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it.
"Thanks to the selectors again for giving us confidence, it was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it". "I think we did not play good cricket", said Ahmed, captaining for the first time in Tests.
At the moment, Sri Lanka is having a lead of 254 runs with Kusal Mendis at the crease on eight. It had always been thought that dew would play a role in day-night Tests at venues nearer the equator. I'm really honoured and privileged to win this series, and especially to do it as a captain.