Pakistan v Sri Lanka first Test: Rangana Herath makes history

Mohammad Abbas picked up a three-wicket haul in trying conditions

Herath grabbed a five-wicket haul in each innings (5/93 and 6/43) to finish with 11 wickets in the match which saw Sri Lanka defend 135 runs in an exciting contest on the final day of the first Test.

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

Niroshan Dickwella remained defiant, however, and when Pakistan's batsmen then hit nearly immediate trouble it became clear the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper's unbeaten 40 could well be significant.

Pakistan still trail the Sri Lankan first innings total of 419 by 153 runs with six wickets intact. He is supportive to me and the players, with what he has learnt from cricket.

Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ali Evans and Michael Leask had two apiece. Sri Lanka had a nervy wait, but it was merely a stay of execution for the beleaguered hosts.

Sohail found the boundary rope nine times, clearing it twice, en route to 76 from 161 balls while Azhar Ali top-scored with 85 as Pakistan made 422 to eke out a three-run first-innings lead on day three of the first Test.

Meanwhile, medium pacer Mohammad Abbas claimed two wickets of Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal. It was also a first defeat for Pakistan at this venue in 10 Tests.

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Debutant Haris Sohail was unbeaten on 31 while tail-ender Yasir Shah was dismissed off the last ball before lunch by spinner Rangana Herath (4-59) for eight. In this way, Herath also became the oldest bowler to take 400 wickets.

Resuming on 49 for 3 and hoping to provide some stubborn resistance, Bangladesh were dismissed for just 90 with Rabada returning figures of 3 for 33 and Maharaj 4 for 25 as South Africa took the last seven wickets for 41 runs.

Fellow opener Shan Masood went only two runs later for 59, bowled by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

It was also his eighth haul of five wickets or more in Tests against Pakistan. As a result, Sri Lanka folded for 138.

Sarfraz: Win and loss - it's always a part of the game, but we should have won this match. Sri Lanka can be backed for the win at 7/4 and the draw is on offer at 3/1. But Pakistan's new-look side, under new captain Sarfraz Ahmed, wilted under the pressure.

Herath was named Man of the Match, and said: "I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan)". I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets).

"Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings, he got us to [almost] 140, " Chandimal said. "We all knew the legend Rangana would come into play, and finally he did his best".

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