Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress

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Earlier, leg spinner Yasir Shah, bamboozled the Sri Lankan batting lineup after the, islanders collapsed on 138, as Pakistan needed 135 runs to win on the fifth day of the first Test on Monday. Ergo, the Islanders are now 1-0 up in the two-match Test series.

A Test that was prefaced with a lament on both sides over the absence of heroes of the recent past was settled when a modern master took his 400th Test wicket, and bowled Sri Lanka to a stunning victory in the process.

Speaking about the Sri Lanka's second innings, the coach said that he believed that one good inning from top order would taken Pakistan to the finish-line, but unfortunately it did not happen.

Dimuth Karunaratne walked even though neither his bat nor glove seemingly made any contact with a Yasir Shah delivery that was pouched at short leg, before part-timer Asad Shafiq had Lahiru Thirimanne caught behind.

His dismissal of Mohammed Abbas, during a frenzied final session in Abu Dhabi, sent Pakistan to a 21-run loss.

Rangana Herath, the ageless wonder from Sri Lanka assumed centre stage all over again as he scalped 6 wickets for just 43 runs as Pakistan were dismantled for 114 runs in their second essay.

Herath hasn't been always at his best against Pakistan though.




Pakistan had resumed at a relatively promising 266-4, but at lunch still trailed Sri Lanka's first-innings total of 419 by 79 runs with only two wickets left.

A six-wicket haul, and 11 for the match, included all manner of landmarks - the last was his 400th Test wicket and the penultimate, his 100th against Pakistan. He edged Nuwan Pradeep behind for 28. No Sri Lanka batsman failed to suffer nervous moments against Yasir. Losing Azhar Ali early was a big blow.

Now it was just a matter of time as to when the last wicket would fall.

Dickwella then took a rearguard action, shielding the number 10 Lakshan Sandakan from the bowling during a resistance-packed ninth wicket stand of 34 which came in 10.1 overs. If a result appeared out of the question at that point, it appeared all but certain once the Sri Lankans had crumbled to 138 all out in their second innings.

Pakistan had lost two wickets for just seven runs and Sri Lankans were beaming.

The batting tally of 7,2,0,20,3,34,19,8,9,6,0 displayed the sorry state of Pakistan in the fourth innings, as no Pakistani batsman was seen able to counter the Lankan spin attack. He hit four boundaries in his seventh Test half century.

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