Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 21 runs in first Test

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ABU DHABI: Sri Lanka have defeated Pakistan within the first Check performed at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Pakistan had 136 runs chase to win the match however failed to take action as all the staff crumbled in entrance of Sri Lankan bowling assault at 114. Solely three of the Pakistani gamers have been capable of rating in double figures and Haris Sohail remained topscorer with 34.

The seemingly straightforward goal, nonetheless, quickly loomed massive as Sami Aslam (2), Azhar Ali (Zero), Shan Masood (7), Babar Azam (three), Asad Shafiq (20), Sarfraz Ahmad (19), Hasan Ali (eight), Mohammad Amir (9), Mohammad Abbas (Zero) have been despatched again to the pavilion by Sri Lanka’s sensible bowling.

Rangana Herath turned 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.

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 Rangana Herath trapped final man Mohammad Abbas leg earlier than for nought to present Sri Lanka a 1-Zero lead within the two-match sequence.

Rangana Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, additionally accomplished 100 wickets in 20 Exams towards them, throughout an innings wherein solely debutant Haris Sohail fought with some resolve for his 34 runs.

Herath turned 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 succeed in the 400-wicket milestone.

The 136 set to Pakistan was Sri Lanka’s lowest defended goal, enhancing 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 Exams.

Earlier, leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 5-51 — his 32nd 5 wicket haul in Exams—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 notice when Rangana 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 depart 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 sew 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 combat by trapping him leg earlier than and likewise had Shah however it turned out to be a no-ball, halting Sri Lanka’s celebrations, ultimately offered by Herath.

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

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

It was then left to Yasir 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 Exams.

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.

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

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