Sri Lanka wins first Test as Pakistan crumbles

Pakistan made a solid start in reply to Sri Lanka's 419

Pakistan made a solid start in reply to Sri Lanka’s 419

His eleven wickets helped Sri Lanka defend a fourth innings total of 135 runs, the lowest total successfully defended by the Lankans ever in cricket's shortest format.Herath's heroics also ensured that this was also the lowest fourth innings total that Pakistan had failed to chase down. The pitch began to sing for him, the batsmen played him with fatal hesitation, Dilruwan Perera was even denied the winning wicket by a no-ball, just so Herath could complete 400 Test wickets - the first left-arm spinner to the milestone. Bat continued to dominate ball in Pakistan's reply, with the top three batsmen posting half centuries and Sohail adding his valuable 76 to give his team a three-run first-innings margin.

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

So it proved as Herath finished the match with his 400th wicket when number 11 Mohammad Abbas was last out lbw.

At lunch, Pakistan were still 80 runs away from taking a lead with only two wickets left.

The collapse started with the early wicket of Kusal Mendis, who was trapped leg-before wicket by Mohammad Abbas in the third over of the day.

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Meanwhile Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj ran through the Bangladesh batting order to lead South Africa to an emphatic 333-run victory in the first cricket Test in Potchefstroom as the visitors capitulated meekly on the final morning.

Stars for the Lankan batting side were Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal. The thrilling defeat marked Pakistan's first loss in a Test at Abu Dhabi.

The outcome, which saw a proud home record tarnished, is not what Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would have expected before the start of the final day's play. We have a few issues, especially in the fifth day when we come under pressure. Had the stand continued to make runs at the going rate of scoring, it would have eaten into 11 more overs of the match. The technology returned a verdict of "umpire's call", which no longer sees the unsuccessful team lose one of their two reviews per innings.

"[Niroshan] Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us to the 140 mark".

"Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best". Some things have to change, we needed a partnership and didn't get one. As soon as we got there, we knew Rangana would lead us in the defence of the target.

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