Yasir Shah Takes Five-for as Pakistan Chase 136 for Victory

Yasir Shah Takes Five-for as Pakistan Chase 136 for Victory

Speaking about the Sri Lanka's second innings, the coach said that he believed that one good inning from top order would taken Pakistan to the finish-line, but unfortunately it did not happen.

Herath has been a scourge for Pakistan in the recent past (100 wickets against Pakistan so far) and hence it was not surprising when he was man responsible for ending Pakistan's unbeaten run in Abu Dhabi. It is an alarming departure for a side who had apparently erased regular collapses from their resume.

Azhar's defiant knock lasted more than five hours and included four boundaries, but with his dismissal Pakistan's hopes of building a lead faded.

The verdict Test matches in the UAE are known for speeding up on the last two days, but this was extreme. The remaining two were done in less than four.

Any chance of Pakistan getting into the game was put off as Herath trapped Abbas (0) LBW and even a review could not save him there.

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And when Pakistan chase started, Herath was again the nemesis.

- This is Sri Lanka's lowest 4th innings target defended. They achieved it, somehow, with a little to spare.

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Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took 3-33 and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj 4-25 as the tourists lost their final seven wickets for 41 runs in less than an hour and a half. In an eventful 155th over bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.

"Every young player goes to talk to him about his bowling and experiences. We were always going to be under pressure as the game goes on because we couldn't expect the tail to get us over the line", quoted Mickey Arthur as per the quotes in Cricbuzz.

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. We did more work on our fitness and fielding, and discipline. At one stage, Sri Lanka were in control.

The onus was on Sarfraz Ahmed and Haris Sohail to stand up.

Sri Lanka actually celebrated the win twice. Perera thought he had Yasir Shah caught at short leg, prompting wild Sri Lankan celebrations, but was found to have overstepped. We have waited for this win and it has finally come.

"Then when the third umpire said it was a no ball, everyone was upset, especially Dilruwan".

"I was so happy with the remarkable achievement, " of 400 wickets, Herath said.

Earlier, leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 5-51 - his 32nd five wicket haul in Tests - to dismiss Sri Lanka for 138 in their second innings.

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