Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi test by 21 runs

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi test by 21 runs

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi test by 21 runs

Rangana Herath yesterday became the second Sri Lanka player to bag 400 wickets as a six-wicket haul steered his side to a thrilling 21-run win over Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Herath left Sri Lanka just one wicket away from victory when he clean bowled Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir for eight and nine runs respectively. Furthermore, Herath also completed his 400th wicket in his 84th Test match.

Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ali Evans and Michael Leask had two apiece. Arthur noted that he would have preferred seeing the Pakistani batsmen attack Herath early in the innings.

The prolific wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka, who dominated this game for a long period of time, now needing a rearguard action to save the Test.

So it proved as Herath finished the match with his 400th wicket when number 11 Mohammad Abbas was last out lbw, and it will be Sri Lanka who start the second and final Test with a 1-0 lead in Dubai on Friday.

"I am really proud of this achievement", Herath said.

"Maybe I have played more against them, that's why".

After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.

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The Dinesh Chandimal-led side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually were bundled out for 138, thus leaving Pakistan 136 to win the Test and take an early lead in the two-match series.

Openers Shan Masood and Sami Aslam also struck half-centuries to lift the designated hosts to 266 for four at the close, trailing Sri Lanka's first-innings 419 by 153 runs, making a draw the most likely outcome.

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

It was Pakistan's first test defeat in Abu Dhabi, one of the team's homes away from home while global cricket is suspended in their country. However, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella scored an unbeaten 40, which came off 76 balls and included four boundaries, to help Sri Lanka reach 138 before they were bowled out.

"Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best".

"We have a few issues, especially in the fifth day when we come under pressure, " he said. Some things have to change, we needed a partnership and didn't get one.

"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend [Herath] here".

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