Rangana Herath spins Sri Lanka to thrilling victory as Pakistan bungle meagre run chase

FirstCricket Staff, Oct, 02 2017
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    Rangana Herath bowled Sri Lanka to a stunning 21-run win over Pakistan on Monday, snaring six wickets on the last day of the series-opening Test and becoming the first left-arm spinner to claim 400 wickets in cricket's traditional format. AP

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    Sri Lanka resumed at 69-4 on the fifth morning on a deteriorating wicket where spin bowlers started to assert themselves. Yasir Shah's 5-51 contained Sri Lanka's second innings and seemingly put Pakistan in command. AP

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    Pakistan pacer Muhammad Abbas celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal on Day 5. AP

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    Niroshan Dickwella's unbeaten 40 helped Sri Lanka mount a rear-guard and eventual match-winning lower-order rally from 101-8 to 138 all out. AP

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    Yasir Shah prays after he dismissed Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan. Pakistan were set a target of 136 for victory. AP

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    Pakistan's chase started badly, losing wickets at 4, 7, 16 and 32 before limping to tea at 67-5, setting up a tense last session. Shan Massod (in picture) leaves the field after being dismissed by Dilruwan Perera.

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    Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed shared an innings-reviving 42-run stand with Haris Sohail but when he was stumped, advancing down the wicket to Herath, Pakistan slumped to 78-6 and Sri Lanka had the upper hand. AP

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    Sohail kept his team's hopes alive until he was trapped lbw with a ball from Dilruwan Perera that hit the back leg. Herath then bowled Hassan Ali (8) and Mohammad Amir (9) and had Mohammad Abbas out lbw to skittle Pakistan for 114. AP

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    In the process, Herath lifted his career tally to 101 test wickets against Pakistan and 400 overall. The 39-year-old orthodox spinner snared 6-41 in the second innings — giving him 11 for the match. AP

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    Sri Lanka celebrate after beating Pakistan on Day 5 of the first Test. They had defended their meagre 135-run advantage on a dramatic day when 16 wickets tumbled in three sessions. AP




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119