Pakistan look to spinners for win over Sri Lanka in second Test

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq is hoping his spinners get more help from the pitch in Dubai for the second of three Tests.

updated: January 06, 2014 18:26 IST
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Dubai: Pakistan are hoping for a wicket that takes turn to give their spinners an edge in the second Test against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday in Dubai. Saeed Ajmal toiled for 49 wicketless overs in Sri Lanka's second innings in the drawn first Test in Abu Dhabi last week, as skipper Angelo Mathews hit a career-best 157 not out.

His fighting knock helped Sri Lanka erase Pakistan's 179-run lead and set them a 302-run victory target. They finished on 158-2.

It was the first time in Ajmal's 31-Test career that the 36-year-old had bowled more than 17 overs in a second innings and finished wicketless. Ajmal has taken 24 wickets at Dubai stadium, including seven against England which helped Pakistan inflict a 3-0 series defeat on the then-world number one team in 2012.

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