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Herath guides Sri Lanka to tense win against Pakistan

Rangana Herath picked 11 wickets in the game
Rangana Herath picked 11 wickets in the game

Sri Lanka 419 & 138 (Yasir 5-51) beat
Pakistan 422 & 114 (Herath 6-43) by 21 runs
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day five

Rangana Herath was instrumental for Sri Lanka with an 11-wicket haul as the visitors bowled out Pakistan for 114 in the final innings and helped them register a 21 run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi thereby claiming a 1-0 unassailable lead in the two match series.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 69 for four, having a lead of 66 runs. Both the overnight batsmen, Suranga Lakmal (13) and Kusal Mendis (18) were sent back early in the day by Mohammad Abbas (2-22) while Yasir Shah joined the act accounting for Dilruwan Perera (6), Herath (0) and Lakshan Sandakan (8).

Nuwan Pradeep (0) was the final batsmen to be dismissed when Hasan Ali (1-21) castled him with only Niroshan Dickwella (40 not out) showing some fight in helping Sri Lanka post 138 and set a target of 136 runs for Pakistan in the final innings.

Herath (6-43) opened the bowling for Sri Lanka and in his second over, he struck to remove Sami Aslam (2) and Lakmal (1-12) sent Azhar Ali (0) back when he nicked one to the keeper.

The wickets continued to tumble as Shan Masood (7) and Babar Azam (3) too fell without making any significant contribution. Both were claimed by Dilruwan (3-46) as Pakistan slipped to 36 for five.

Asad Shafiq (20), Haris Sohail (34) and Sarfraz Ahmed (19) were the only players to cross the double figure mark as Herath went on a wicket-taking spree.

With the wicket of Mohammad Amir (9), Herath completed 100 wickets against Pakistan and when 25 runs were needed for a win, Sri Lanka claimed the final wicket of Yasir (6 not out) but only to find it was a no ball.

Any chance of Pakistan getting into the game was put off as Herath trapped Abbas (0) LBW and even a review could not save him there. Pakistan were bowled out for 114 runs as Sri Lanka completed a 21 run victory, thereby taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Herath won the man of the match for his 11 wicket haul in the game.

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