The tourists wrapped up the second Test with a 68-run victory on day five in Dubai on Tuesday, consigning Pakistan to a 2-0 reverse - their first series defeat since being forced to play their home Tests in the United Arab Emirates. Sami Aslam and Babar Azam were 11 and 12 years old respectively. Yasir Shah, who completed his record five-wicket haul in last innings in his fifth consecutive Tests, also took one wicket along with Muhammad Abbas.
Sarfraz felt that this being his first outing as captain of the Test team, it was important that he had learnt a fair bit.
Pakistan have been dealt a serious short-term blow with Mohammad Amir ruled out of bowling in the ongoing second Test as well as the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
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". Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day global against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.
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. They put their heart and soul in the practice sessions. He took five-fers in each of three Tests in the Caribbean earlier this year as well in both matches this series.
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"Test captaincy is a little hard and I've learnt a lot", Sarfraz said. Sri Lanka played much better cricket than us.
Wahab Riaz, who led Pakistan's fightback on day three, was the wrecker-in chief as he finished with a figure of 4-41. "If they provide a positive feedback, we will send a representative to assess the situation again before making a final decision", SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told the Sunday Times.
The way victory was finally sealed for Sri Lanka, clinching a 68-run win at the Dubai International Stadium, was fitting.
"The boys executed the game plan really well in this series".
Sarfraz was gutted to have lost, and said: "Was a tough series for us". You can tell when they are in the middle that we are really enjoying it. "The selectors have also supported me to create the culture and passion we had in the past".