Pakistan turn things around for a sensational win
Pakistan 417 & 92-0 (Hafeez 46 no) beat
Sri Lanka 300 & 206 (Karunaratne 79) by 10 wickets
First Test, Galle, day five
Yasir Shah took seven wickets to demolish Sri Lanka in their second innings and set Pakistan up for a win in the first Test at Galle by 10 wickets having to chase down 92 which they did in just 11.2 overs taking a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Sri Lanka resumed day five on 63 for two after 21 overs. Dilruwan Perera (0), the night watchman fell the very first ball with Shah (7-76) bowling a beauty that came from the back of the hand and went straight on to hit the stumps as the former shouldered arms.
Lahiru Thirimanne (44) got going with couple of fours off Wahab Riaz (2-46). He added 69 runs with Dimuth Karunaratne (79) and steadied the ship.
But, Wahab like he always does, finally made the breakthrough with a length ball which Thirimanne edged to Younis Khan who equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 108 Test catches.
That was very close to lunch and Sri Lanka managed 144 for four after 53 overs by the end of the first session.
However, once again in the post-lunch session, Shah picked up a wicket in the second ball. This time it was the big wicket of Angelo Mathews (5) who was given out caught at short leg.
He reviewed it immediately suggesting there was no bat. Yet, since there was a lot of doubt and not enough evidence to overturn the decision, a stunned Mathews had to walk back.
A few overs later, it was Karunaratne who threw his wicket away missing a ball looking for a heave and getting stumped.
Kithuruwan Vithanage (1) went quickly as well even as Dinesh Chandimal (38) got some runs from the other end including two fours off Zulfiqar Babar (1-31) to take Sri Lanka to 184 for seven after 67 overs.
Dhammika Prasad (2) was dropped early at silly point but he didn’t last long as he was stumped off Babar’s bowling couple of overs later.
There was not much late order resistance and Sri Lanka were all out for 206 for nine in 77 overs, Chandimal the last man out trying to get some runs, needlessly getting stumped instead of playing for time.
Tea was taken at that point and Sri Lanka which collapsed from 132 for three to 206 all out set Pakistan a simple target of 92. Shah was obviously the man of the moment with his stunning figures.
Pakistan started the chase steadily scoring 21 off the first five overs. But some big overs followed including the 10th when Rangana Herath (0-30) was hit for three consecutive fours by Ahmed Shehzad (43), the last four a little fortuitous.
Mohammad Hafeez (46)and Shehzad finished the game in a hurry reaching 92 in just 11.2 overs without losing a single wicket.
Sarfraz Ahmed was awarded man-of-the-match for his attacking innings that turned the tide in Pakistan’s first innings although Shah made a win possible with a total of nine wickets in the game.
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