SL defend low score to stun Pakistan – SuperSport


Rangana Herath grew to become the second Sri Lankan to bag 400 wickets as his six-wicket haul steered Sri Lanka to an exciting 21-run win over Pakistan within the first check in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Full scorecard: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

The veteran left-arm spinner took 6-43 – 11-136 within the match – to scupper Pakistan, set a modest 136-run goal, for simply 114 on a weary fifth day Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

The victory was achieved when Herath trapped final man Mohammad Abbas leg earlier than for nought to present Sri Lanka a 1-Zero lead within the two-match collection.

Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, additionally accomplished 100 wickets in 20 assessments in opposition to them, throughout an innings through which solely debutant Haris Sohail fought with some resolve for his 34 runs.

Herath grew to become the 14th bowler in all check cricket and fifth spinner behind his countryman Muttiah Muralitharan, Australia’s Shane Warne and Indian duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to achieve the 400-wicket milestone.

The 136 set Pakistan was Sri Lanka’s lowest defended goal, bettering on the 168 they set the Pakistanis within the Galle check in 2009. It was additionally a primary defeat for Pakistan at this venue in 10 assessments.

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Earlier, legspinner Yasir Shah took 5-51 – his 32nd 5 wicket haul in assessments – to dismiss Sri Lanka for 138 of their second innings.

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

Pakistan began the chase on a shaky be aware when Herath dismissed opener Sami Aslam for 2 earlier than accounting for Asad Shafiq, who made 20.

Herath had taken 5-93 in Pakistan’s first innings of 422 and this time he shared the brand new ball with Suranga Lakmal to place Pakistan in hassle with common wickets.

Perera then had Shan Masood (seven) and a shaky Babar Azam for 3 to go away Pakistan struggling at 32-Four.

In between quick bowler Lakmal had Azhar Ali caught behind for nought.

On the both facet of tea, Sohail and Sarfraz Ahmed (19) fought arduous to make a 42-run stand however Herath offered the breakthrough when he pressured the Pakistan skipper out of his crease and had him stumped by Dickwella.

Perera ended Sohail’s struggle by trapping him leg earlier than and in addition had Shah however it turned out to be a no-ball, halting Sri Lanka’s celebrations, finally offered by Herath.

Pakistan, led by Shah, bowled effectively within the morning.

Sri Lanka, who resumed at 69-Four, misplaced their final six wickets for 69 runs however Dickwella nonetheless put up a lone struggle – hitting 4 boundaries – and extra importantly giving Sri Lanka a goal to struggle.

Pakistan got two key wickets by medium quick bowler Mohammad Abbas who completed with 2-22.

It was then left to Shah who on consecutive deliveries dismissed Perera for six after which had Herath caught by shut in fielder to finish his fourth consecutive 5 wicket haul in as many assessments.

Dickwella then took a rearguard motion, shielding the quantity 10 Lakshan Sandakan from the bowling throughout a resistance-packed ninth wicket stand of 34 which got here in 10.1 overs.

Shah lastly had Sandakan caught at level whereas Hasan Ali (1-21) ended the innings by bowling Nuwan Pradeep, leaving Dickwell’s struggle stranded.

The second check – a day-night match – begins in Dubai from Friday.

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Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep

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