Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress

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Earlier, Pakistan took a three-run first-innings lead after reaching 422 all out.

Chandimal's epic, first-innings 155 played a major part in the 21-run win over Pakistan, as did his marshaling of his attack and team on a tense final afternoon.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 13 and Haris Sohail 19 as Pakistan still need another 69 runs in the final session to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The last-day surprise is now something of a trope of Sri Lanka-Pakistan matches, several compelling conclusions having been summoned by these teams since 2009. The Sri Lankan fifth-day tropes were evident in abundance: the over-appealing wicketkeeper, the non-stop yammering around the bat, the exuberant celebrations. No one thought it would be Yasir's batting against Herath's bowling that will decide the fate of the Test. Yasir looked to play Herath down the leg-side, Nirsohan Dickwella collected it cleanly and burst out in a loud appeal.

At the close, Kusal Mendis was batting on 16, with nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal on two, after a day of fluctuating fortunes.




Herath has now picked up 10 wickets in a match on nine occasions and also has 33 five-wicket hauls. Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings, he got us to the 140 mark.

Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ali Evans and Michael Leask had two apiece. Some things have to change, we needed a partnership and didn't get one. "Rangana and I went to him and told him, "Don't worry, there will be more runs, just one ball, and bowl the right areas". We knew if there were a couple of early wickets, we would do well. "Everyone put their heart and soul into the practices, and the management put lots of hard work in". Before we came here, they talked to me, and the team, and gave really good confidence. England's Johnny Briggs had also taken seven five-fors against Australia, although he played 31 matches - to Herath's 20 - against them.

The 39-year-old, who started the series on 389 wickets, also became the first bowler take 100 wickets against Pakistan, surpassing India great Kapil Dev (99 wickets) and spin wizard Shane Warne (90) in the match. I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets). "As a team, we were below par in our performances [against India], but we have waited for this win and finally we got it. Credit goes to all the players".

The second meeting starts on Friday in Dubai.

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