Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath breaks into 400-wicket club
Oct 03 2017
Veteran left-arm spinner Herath was the most successful bowler with 2-47. Sri Lanka would proceed to win by seven wickets.
Chasing a target of 136, Pakistan never got going and the combination of Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took advantage of a tired and sluggish fifth-day pitch to send the hosts packing for the just 114 runs.
However, when Pakistan were 25 runs away from victory, Sri Lanka got the final wicket they needed.
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.
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. He had been playing league cricket in Stoke-on-Trent, when Muttiah Muralitharan injured his shoulder a few days out from the first Test against Pakistan. He plays with positive intent and the hosts would hope for him to make a significant contribution. However, the visitors were bowled out inside the first session, thanks to Yasir's five-wicket haul.
101 - Number of wickets by Rangana Herath against Pakistan, which is the most by any bowler.
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.
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.
Dickwella made the most of his reprieve and went on to hit the day's sole six as he ended unbeaten on 42.
The two teams will now meet each other in the second and final Test beginning October 6 at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. "We wanted a good partnership up front but we didn't get that and that put us under pressure".
"[Niroshan] Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us to the 140 mark". All credit should go to the people behind me, from my parents to the team and the supporting staff.