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Pakistan target to win series in Sri Lanka

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Sports News, Pak vs SL Cricket Series 2015 : A confident Pakistan will aim to clinch a first Test series win in Sri Lanka for nine years when the second match starts at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday.

Misbah-ul Haq’s tourists are riding high after a 10-wicket triumph in the opening Test in Galle on Sunday despite the first four sessions of the match being washed out.

Pakistan have lost their last three series in Sri Lanka following a 1-0 success in 2006 but Misbah’s men could not have asked for a better venue to seal the series than the historic Oval ground where Sri Lanka played their first Test match, against England, in 1982.

The sporting Oval pitch, regarded as the finest on the island, has produced a winner in eight successive Tests since 2005, and another decisive result is on the cards.

Sri Lanka have lost their last three matches at the ground, going down to India in 2010 and being beaten by both England and New Zealand in 2012.

Pakistan, who lost by seven wickets when they played at the Oval in 2009, will bank on their impressive showing in the first Test to deal another blow to the hosts.

The tourists bowled out Sri Lanka for 300 after electing to field first, but were themselves reduced to 96-5 before Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq launched a gritty fightback.

The pair put on 139 runs for the sixth wicket in quicktime to turn the tables on Sri Lanka, with Shafiq making 131 and Sarfraz 96, as Pakistan gained a 117-run lead.

Yasir Shah then ripped through the second innings with figures of 7-76 the best by a leg-spinner on Sri Lankan soil — to bowl out the rivals for 206 and set up the memorable win. Agencies

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