03 October, 2017, 08:34 | Author: Christina Hansen
Tasked with defending just 136 Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for just 114 on a thrilling final day in Abu Dhabi. Before we came here, they talked to me, and the team, and gave really good confidence. At that point, Sri Lanka had their nose ahead in what was until then a race between tortoises and were looking at a handy lead.
Sri Lanka scored 419 runs in the 1st innings, to which Pakistan replied with 422 runs, leading into the 2nd innings on Day 4 by 3 runs.
For the home side to clinch the Test, they perhaps need Sarfraz to play a substantial knock. Two runs later Masood attempted a sweep shot off the wily Herath but missed the ball and was bowled round his legs.
2 - Rangana Herath became the second Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan to go past 400 wickets in Tests.
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Pakistan, playing a Test match for the first time since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retired, had their opponents struggling at 61 for three at lunch.
5 - Rangana Herath became only the fifth spinner to take 400 Test wickets. Herath now has 400 wickets to his name from 84 Test matches.
From Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath bagged 6 wickets while Dilruwan Perera took 3.
Faf du Plessis' men were without injured seamer Morne Morkel, who will miss the second Test with a side injury, but ran through the tourists nonetheless, as left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (four for 25) and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (three for 33) did the damage in a total of 90 all out.
Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Abbas snapped up two and Hasan Ali, Asad Shafiq and debutant Haris Sohail chipped in with one wicket apiece.
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The 136 set Pakistan was Sri Lanka's lowest defended target, improving on the 168 they set Pakistan in the Galle Test in 2009. At one stage, Sri Lanka were in control. Sri Lanka can be backed for the win at 7/4 and the draw is on offer at 3/1. It's hard in the middle, Dickwella and Karunaratne were very good in the first innings, Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings to get us to the 140-run mark.
Dilruwan ended with 3 wickets, but the stage was set on fire by Herath who took the game by the horns and made a decision to turn the match in the favor of his team on the final session on the final day.
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