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Updated: January 12, 2014 16:38 IST

Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by 9 wickets

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Shaminda Eranga bowling for Sri Lanka during the 2nd Test, of a three-match series, between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday.
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Shaminda Eranga bowling for Sri Lanka during the 2nd Test, of a three-match series, between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday.

Opening batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva hit half centuries Sunday and drove Sri Lanka to an emphatic 9-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second test to go 1—0 up in the series.

Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 62 while Silva fell for 58 as Sri Lanka reached 137-1 for its biggest win by wickets among 45 tests played between the two nations.

Resuming at 330-7, fast bowler Suranga Lakmal dashed Pakistan’s hopes of putting up a fight with a career-best 4-78 before Pakistan was bowled out for 359 in an hour on the last day an overall lead of 136 runs.

Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene equaled the Sri Lanka record of nine catches in a test match when he had Rahat Ali caught behind.

Sharjah will host the third test from Jan. 17.

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