Shin injury rules Amir out of Sri Lanka ODIs

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Chasing Sri Lanka's 482-run first-innings total, Pakistan needed a solid start but were reduced to 115 for 4 at the end of first session on Day Three of the second Test.

On the flip side, Pakistan will look to strike back with full throttle and act together with ball and bat. The stronghold is under siege.

Pakistan faced a awful and unfortunate defeat at the first Test against Sri Lanka and going to lost the series if cannot manage victory in second which is also last Test. Upon receiving treatment with an ice-pack, he left the field for the second time in the match. The visitors probably surprised even themselves by what happened in Abu Dhabi.

However, after beating Pakistan at their home venue, the Lions are in great confidence in second match.

What wasn't surprising, though, was how the win was achieved. Herath remained not out with his 27 runs so far.

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Considering the fact that he had walked off the field during the first day itself, it begs the question why Pakistan's team management did not take him for a scan immediately and allowed him to bowl with a shin injury on the second day.

On day one of the Day-Night Test, Amir had hurt his right shin and returned to the dressing room towards the close of play on Friday. It will be the Pakistan batting unit which will have to find ways of countering him.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made a decision to extend men's cricket team coach Mickey Arthur's contract until 2019 World Cup. He's right though. It will be hard to come to terms with the post Mis-You era, but there's no way around it. And there's no better time to groom their young batsmen other than in the various match sessions.

That leaves Pakistan, already struggling with the ball in this Test, a bowler short going ahead - with only one specialist spinner and with Wahab Riaz enduring his own problems at one stage with his run-up. As such, the panic button shouldn't be pressed.

The pink-ball Test, the sixth in all since Australia and New Zealand played the first such game in Adelaide in 2015, will also be a new experience for the Sri Lankan.

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