DUBAI: After a tremendous fight back by middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan gave up the chase to lose the two-Test series as Sri Lanka made a clean sweep against Pakistan, winning the Test series 2-0.
Earlier, they were beaten by 21 runs in the first Test, played at Abu Dhabi last week.
This is Pakistan´s first series defeat at their adopted home of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in seven years. They had won five of the previous nine, with four drawn.
Pakistan were forced to play at the neutral venues of the UAE following the deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.
This is also Pakistan´s first home defeat since losing to South Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on their grounds, and only the second whitewash in their history.
They previously suffered a 3-0 defeat against Australia, a series also played at neutral venues in Colombo and UAE in 2002.
Before this, Pakistan did not lose a Test a series in nine attempts as they won five and drawn four series in the UAE ever since the 2009 terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus forced them to play home matches out of Pakistan.
Chasing a daunting target of 317, Pakistan were all out for 248, losing the second Test – day/night pink-ball Test – by 68 runs in the second hour of fifth and final day at Dubai stadium.
Asad Shafiq fought hard during his 112-run knock — his 11th Test hundred — and together with his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (68) added 173 for the sixth wicket.
But once their partnership was broken Sri Lanka quickly closed in on the victory.
Shafiq was the ninth man out when he edged paceman Suranga Lakmal to slip where Kusal Mendis took a low diving catch to end all Pakistan´s hopes of an upset win.
Shafiq´s 253-minute knock had 10 boundaries but he again failed to help Pakistan cross the line, just like his 137 in the lost cause against Australia at Brisbane last year.
Pakistan had looked to the overnight partnership of Shafiq and Ahmed to guide them to the winning target after resuming at 198-5, needing another 119 for victory.
Both Shafiq and Ahmed had lucky escapes but Perera finally broke the resistance when Ahmed was caught off a miscued sweep at deep fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep.
Ahmed hit five boundaries during his 130-ball knock.
Shafiq brought up his hundred with a paddled sweep single off Perera and was reprived on the same score when Dimuth Karunaratne dropped a low catch of the same bowler.
Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad Amir — unable to bowl in the second innings with a shin injury — leg before for four, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory Read More Story.