Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Herath drives Sri Lanka to thrilling win in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan

Herath drives Sri Lanka to thrilling win in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan

The 39-year-old left-arm spinner changed the course of the match with a haul of 6/43 in the second innings as Pakistan, in pursuit of 136, were bowled out for 114.

But veteran Herath (six for 43) and his fellow finger spinner Dilruwan Perera (three for 46) had other ideas.

Niroshan Dickwella ensured Sri Lanka had something to defend with a pugnacious 40.

Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera lead the bowling attack for the Sri Lankan side.

Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, also completed 100 wickets in 20 Tests against them, during an innings in which only debutant Haris Sohail fought with some resolve for his 34 runs.

Pakistan's chase started badly, losing wickets at 4, 7, 16 and 32 before limping to tea at 67-5 and setting up a tense last session. Karunaratne walked away instead of appealing against the decision.

Sohail's day further improved when his slow left-arm spin trapped Kaushal Silva in front and Pakistan ended the day firmly in charge when Sri Lanka captain and first-innings centurion Dinesh Chandimal edged to slip off Yasir's legspin.

It was Pakistan's smallest margin of defeat in terms of runs in their Test history as previously it was 24 runs loss which Pakistan suffered against Zimbabwe in 2013.

More news: Monty Hall, 'Let's Make a Deal' host, dead at 96
More news: India look to pile on Australia's misery
More news: President Trump says National Football League owners are 'afraid of their players'

Azhar Ali once more rescued Pakistan's batting with a fighting half century on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

If Bangladesh's batsmen found the going tough in the first Test, they can expect it to be even more hard in the second match if South African captain Faf du Plessis gets his way.

The day after he arrived in the island, he was playing a Test, and four days later, he was winning it. Pakistan needed 97 to win on the final day, with eight wickets still intact.

Azhar then shared a 71-run partnership with Babar Azam (28). But that he once won a Test for Sri Lanka using a gimmick variation he had devised at school when playing indoors with a tennis ball, underscores how fascinating his career has been.

Meanwhile, medium pacer Mohammad Abbas claimed two wickets of Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah posted 3-120 and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas fetched 3-75.

Pakistan are 5/4 with Sky Bet for victory, Sri Lanka can be backed at 4/1 and the draw is on offer at 6/5.

The Sri Lankan skipper remained undefeated on a punishing 155 to lift Sri Lanka from positions of 61-3 and an overnight 227-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Like this: