Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test - Who Said What


Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test - Who Said What

Rangana Herath, the ageless wonder from Sri Lanka assumed centre stage all over again as he scalped 6 wickets for just 43 runs as Pakistan were dismantled for 114 runs in their second essay.

Rangana Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, also completed 100 wickets in 20 Tests against them, during an innings in which only debutant Haris Sohail fought with some resolve for his 34 runs.

The veteran left-arm spinner took 6-43 - 11-136 in the match-to scupper Pakistan, set a modest 136-run target, for just 114 on a tired fifth day Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. The wicket-keeper's highest test score, surpassing 81 in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours and a six.

Sri Lanka resumed on 69 for four on the final morning and doubled that total for the loss of their last six wickets as leg-spinner Yasir Shah (five for 51) did most damage.

Stat of the day - 5 Pakistan have lost all 10 wickets on the fifth day of a Test five times since the start of 2016. In five Tests since then (and one potential bowling innings still to go in the fifth) he has taken 30 wickets at an average of 21.96. Wasim Akram, Pakistan left-arm pacer, has 414 wickets from 104 Tests. Yet, we can hardly take our eyes off him when he bats.

Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas (3-75) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-120) sported the best figures for Pakistan.

After the end of the match, Herath was asked as to why he always performed well against Pakistan.

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.

The second Test - a day-night one - starts in Dubai from Friday.

"Asad Shafique is a very good batsman and I think he should have scored a century", said Arthur.

"I have no idea how long he is going to play, but I am sure he will do what he can for the team". While most of the other Sri Lankan batsmen succumbed to the extreme conditions, Chandimal continued his marathon innings with a rock-solid defence and a monk-like temperament. Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings, he got us to the 140 mark.

"After we got that wicket, we all celebrated as we had a win as a team, finally after a long time. Maybe I have played more against them, that's why". I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets).



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