A team that was defeated by Zimbabwe in ODI in their home, a team that was cleaned sweep by India by 9-0 in the test, ODI and T20, that team now shows their hard work and character to beat Pakistan in UAE, this is Sri Lankan team.
The Sri Lankan team shows character and become the first team to beat Pakistan in UAE since they adopted UAE their home ground way back in 2010.
On the other hand, Pakistan suffers this humiliating loss. They lost the first test when they were in the commanding position. They need 136 runs to win but eventually, they lost. Their batting collapse once again in the second test also. While chasing a target of 317 runs, they were 52 for 5 at some stage. If Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed were not stood in the second inning then Pakistan would be suffered more humiliating loss.
Basically, Pakistan took Sri Lanka too lightly in this two-match test series. They thought they would easily win against them as Sri Lanka was beaten by India in their home. But Sri Lanka prepared well, they want to show their character after that humiliating loss to India and they did it perfectly.
Its an alarming sign to Pakistan. The once in a time number 1 team in test ranking is now rank to no 7. Two of their most experienced batsman, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, have retired from test cricket. Their opening batsman doesn’t look comfortable in the series. There is a serious question on Babar Azam place in the team and the team selection was pathetic, even after the loss in the first test Pakistan team management not playing the second spinner in the second test.
Hope Pakistan takes some lesson from this series loss and work on their weaker side. Their next test assignment will be against Ireland next year.
But now the entire focus shift to ODIs. The first ODI of match series will be played on 13th of October.