In the process of becoming the fastest left-arm spinner to 400 wickets, Rangana Herath took Sri Lanka to an incredible 21 run win over Pakistan in the 1st Test played at Abu Dhabi last evening.
Both teams were excellent all-round and the test was evenly poised throughout all five days.
Batting first, Dinesh Chandimal’s ton lifted Sri Lanka to 419 but the visitors bounced back to take a three-run lead on Day 4. In the second innings, Yasir Shah bamboozled Sri Lanka to just 138. Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten at 40 in 76 deliveries.
Chasing a score of 136, Pakistan lost all ten wickets for 114, losing by a margin of just 21 runs. Herath emerged as the pick of the bowlers with 6 for 43 in 21 overs.
“I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan). I’ve played nearly 20 tests, maybe that’s why. Actually, I am aging and when you get old, you feel soreness. I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets). All credit should go to the people behind me, from my parents to the team and the supporting staff. There was some assistance from the surface. There was something for the spinners,” said Rangana Herath at the post-match presentation.
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