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.
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.
Mohammad Amir will miss Pakistan's five-match one-day worldwide series against Sri Lanka due to a right shin injury.
Pakistan suffered a major setback ahead of the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the fast bowler M Aamir was ruled out of the five-match series due to a stress injury in his right shin. Karunaratne deserved a double hundred during a marathon nine hour stay at the crease but he was unluckily dismissed, playing onto leg-spinner Yasir Shah just before dinner. Not only did he score runs but also displayed the elegance that is often a trademark of a left-handed batsman.
Dickwella attacked Yasir and struck five fours to add some impetus to the innings, Sri Lanka moving on to 355-4 at tea with the composed Karunaratne easing past 150 and reaching the 3000-run mark at Test level. Herath's threat won't be driving away one bit, he'll remain the same.
Yasir Shah struck in the 23rd over as he got Silva caught by captain Sarfraz Ahmed to bring a temporary respite to the Pakistan camp.
Shah took 6-184 in a marathon 55.5 overs of hard work and toil on a flat Dubai stadium pitch.
Now, came to chase the score, Pakistan has stood still in front of the Lions and lost none till now.
Pakistan were 51 without loss in reply in the day-night Test. Sami Aslam was 30 not out, and Shan Masood on 15. "We never underestimate Pakistan, they are a really good side, especially in the last couple of series they have played really good cricket", said Chandimal, whose team will replace Pakistan at sixth in the world rankings with a series win.