Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress

Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress

Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress

Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, also completed 100 wickets in 20 Tests against them, during an innings in which only debutant Haris Sohail fought with some resolve for his 34 runs.

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka after dismissing three Pakistani batsmen.

Chasing 136 to win, Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakmal worked in tandem to blow away Pakistan's top order and leave them in dire straits at 36/5.

Chasing a target of 136, Pakistan never got going and the combination of Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took advantage of a tired and sluggish fifth-day pitch to send the hosts packing for the just 114 runs.

Sohail's day further improved when his slow left-arm spin trapped Kaushal Silva in front and Pakistan ended the day firmly in charge when Sri Lanka captain and first-innings centurion Dinesh Chandimal edged to slip off Yasir's legspin.

Herath took 23 wickets against Pakistan in 2014 - a world record in a two-match series - and he said he had no clue why he was continually so successful against the nation.

The 21-run win in the nail-biting contest steered Sri Lanka to lead the two-match series 1-0. It was, aptly, Herath, who took the winning wicket as he got Abbas plumb in front of wicket to clinch his 400th wicket and a famous win for Sri Lanka.

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The 39-year-old orthodox spinner snared 6-41 in the second innings - giving him 11 for the match - as Sri Lanka defended its meager 135-run advantage on a dramatic day when 16 wickets tumbled in three sessions. For a period when Sarfraz (Ahmed) and Haris (Sohail) were going on, it was looking good.

Pakistan had their chances to win the Test after a spirited 3-run lead and 5-for from Yasir in the second innings.

The last-day surprise is now something of a trope of Sri Lanka-Pakistan matches, several compelling conclusions having been summoned by these teams since 2009.

It was Pakistan's first test defeat in Abu Dhabi, one of the team's homes away from home while global cricket is suspended in their country. The nature of Pakistan's capitulation at the end showed just how hard the transition is going to be in the post Misbah-ul-Haq era.

"Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us close to the 140-mark".

Herath picked up with 11 wickets in the match. That put us under pressure. As soon as we got there, we knew Rangana would lead us in the defence of the target. Needed one partnership and the game was ours.

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