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Sri Lanka Complete Remarkable Win

Sri Lanka celebrate on their way to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan
Sri Lanka celebrate on their way to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan
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Sri Lanka 533-9 dec. & 99-3 beat
Pakistan 451 & 180 by seven wickets
First Test, Galle

Sri Lanka won a race against time, the weather and their opponents as they clinched a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on the final day of the first Test in Galle.

They managed to dismiss Pakistan for 180 in their second innings which left them a target of 99 in 21 overs.

Opening with Mahela Jayawardene, on his final Test at the ground, they then scampered home with rain clouds looming, racing to 99 for three in less than 17 overs.

The result, which few would have predicted possible after the first three days which saw runs flowing and rain falling, puts Sri Lanka 1-0 up ahead of the final Test in Colombo.

Pakistan began the day on four for one, still trailing by 78 and they struggled to make any headway.

Dhammika Prasad (1-10), Shaminda Eranga (1-44) and Dilruwan Perera (2-68) struck early before Rangana Herath returned six for 48 to set up the run chase.

Azhar Ali made 41 for Pakistan before a counter-attack from Sarfraz Ahmed, who made an unbeaten 52 in 70 balls, threatened to use up enough time and put the target beyond the home side.

However, his efforts were to be in vain as Sri Lanka confidently set about overhauling their target.

Jayawardene made 26 in 35 balls and Upul Tharanga 12 in 20 before both were bowled by Junaid Khan (2-55).

Kumar Sangakkara, whose brilliant 221 in Sri Lanka's first innings put them in a strong position, then made 21 and that had done enough to leave Angelo Mathews and Kithruwan Vithanage to finish the job.

Pakistan leaked runs badly as the game sped towards its conclusion, both Mathews and Vithanage hammering the ball past and over the boundary, the former finishing on 25 in 13 balls and the latter on 11 in eight.

In the end, they needed just 16.2 overs to get home and to compound Pakistan's misery, almost as soon as Mathews hit the winning runs, the rain arrived.

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