The opening batsman was 133 not out at the close as the tourists, 1-0 ahead in the two-match series, posted 254-3. Joining him in the middle is Dinesh Chandimal unbeaten on 49.
There was no such woe this time around.
Sri Lanka started off the 2nd Test in a similar fashion to how things had got underway in the 1st Test.
He tallied 15 fours and a maximum on a testing day in the field for Pakistan, for whom Yasir Shah took 2-90, while Mohammad Amir accounted for impressive debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama (38). "So this is the first day and night we are playing and it will be a good challenge for the team but I am sure the guys will take this challenge very well", said Dinesh Chandimal.
108.57 - Samarawickrama's strike rate of 108.57 in this innings is the highest for a Sri Lankan on Test debut.
All of Sri Lanka's good work at the top of the order appeared to be unravelling when Kusal Mendis fell limply to Yasir nearly immediately after.
Their alliance at the Dubai International Stadium has been worth 118 so far.
The squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of three other players with Test experience, with fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara, along with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, having played 11 Tests among them. "On Day One we have done well and hopefully we will do well on Day Two as well". But obviously on the last day he was always going to be a factor and you've got to give him more respect. No matter that he was out soon after: it felt as though the future had arrived.
At long last, Sri Lanka won an global match, and they deserved it after some inspired performances from Chandimal and Herath, with Dickwella being another understated name from the first Test.