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Dominant Sri Lanka victorious

Dubai: Sri Lanka produced a professional performance on Sunday to register their biggest victory over Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test, here, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pacer Suranga Lakmal took all three wickets to fall on the fifth morning to finish with a career-best 4/78 to wrap up Pakistan’s second innings for 359 before Sri Lanka knocked off the meagre 137-run target for one wicket.

In achieving the victory, Sri Lanka also defied the cloudy weather in Dubai and rain forecast for later Sunday.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne (62 not out) hit the winning runs after putting on 124 for the first wicket with Kaushal Silva who fell after scoring 58.

Kumar Sangakkara remained unbeaten on nine.

Pakistan’s lowest defended target was 127 achieved against New Zealand at Hamilton in 1993, when they dismissed their opponents for 93 but Sri Lanka ensured the good work was not lost.