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© AFP | Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka plays a shot during the first day of their second Test cricket match against Pakistan in Dubai on October 6, 2017

DUBAI (AFP) - 

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a dashing half century to guide Sri Lanka to 174-3 at dinner on the first day of the second and final day-night Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 89 and captain Dinesh Chandimal was 14 not out after Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat on a flat pitch.

Karunaratne and opening partner Kaushal Silva (27) gave Sri Lanka a solid 63-run start before Pakistan hit back with three wickets in quick succession.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah provided his team with the much-needed breakthrough when he had Silva caught behind off a short delivery.

Debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama impressed during his short stay of 38 runs, hitting five boundaries and a six before he miscued a pull and was caught and bowled by pacer Mohammad Amir.

Kusal Mendis played a rash drive off Shah and was caught in the slips for one.

Karunaratne cracked three boundaries in an Amir over and hit Shah for another to reach his sixth Test fifty.

Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.

This is the sixth day-night Test with a pink ball since Australia and New Zealand played the first at Adelaide in December 2015.

© 2017 AFP