Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Pakistan 266-4 in 1st test, trail Sri Lanka by 153 runs

Pakistan 266-4 in 1st test, trail Sri Lanka by 153 runs

That stand between Haris Sohail - who became the first Pakistan debutant to get a fifty batting at No. 6 or lower since Asad Shafiq - and Hasan Ali came off just eight overs at a scoring rate of 6.25.

Fantastic spell from leg-spinner Yasir shah put Pakistan in commanding position to win first Test against Sri Lanka on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

Dilruwan ended with 3 wickets, but the stage was set on fire by Herath who took the game by the horns and chose to turn the match in the favor of his team on the final session on the final day.

The 39-year-old, who started the series on 389 wickets, also became the first bowler take 100 wickets against Pakistan, surpassing India great Kapil Dev (99 wickets) and spin wizard Shane Warne (90) in the match. His compatriot Muttiah Muralithran remains the fastest bowler to pick up 400 wickets, a feat he achieved in just 72 matches.

Soon after, he reached his ninth Test century, and also the first as a captain, by driving a Mohammad Amir delivery for a boundary through the cover region. We were surprised, but we thought before play started today that 160-plus would be a winning total. But, upon closer inspection, it was revealed that Dilruwan had overstepped and Yasir was given another opportunity to lead Pakistan to victory.

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But they knew, with Rangana Herath in their attack and Pakistan against him, they needed desperately to put together any score upwards of three-figures to give themselves a chance.

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. Credit goes to people like Dickwella and Karunaratne.

"Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us to the 138 mark".

"Asad Shafique is a very good batsman and I think he should have scored a century", said Arthur. "Maybe I have played more against them, that's why". The technology returned a verdict of "umpire's call", which no longer sees the unsuccessful team lose one of their two reviews per innings. While most of the other Sri Lankan batsmen succumbed to the extreme conditions, Chandimal continued his marathon innings with a rock-solid defence and a monk-like temperament.

"I am really proud of this achievement", Herath said. "As a team, we were below par in our performances [against India], but we have waited for this win and finally we got it. Credit goes to all the players".

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