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Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Herath spins Sri Lanka to unlikely triumph

Herath spins Sri Lanka to unlikely triumph

Ali was dismissed after scoring 85 runs today, followed by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 18 and bowler Mohammad Amir on four runs.

Herath's 5-93 in 40 overs were well foiled by a brilliant 76 by Test debutant Haris Sohail, as initially it looked as though Sri Lanka would take a first-innings lead. It was also the sixth time he had scored a hundred after walking out to bat with Sri Lanka being two or more wickets down for less than a hundred 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 visitors then kept chipping away at Pakistan as Dilruwan Perera and Herath got Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq respectively and suddenly Pakistan were at sixes and sevens.

"Player of the Match, Rangana Herath said:" I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan).

Rangana Herath claimed his 32nd five-wicket haul to ensure Pakistan's advantage was minimal but the tourists limped to 69 for four at the close, with all four wickets going to the slow bowlers. 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.

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

The Sri Lankan spin maestro Rangana Herath was exceptional after he picked six for 43 runs.

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

Sri Lanka scripted an incredible heist against Pakistan in the first test match at Dubai when they emerged victorious by 21 runs.

The second Test - a day-night match - starts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Friday.

"Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us to the 138 mark".

"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here".

Sarfraz was gutted to have lost the match, and said: "This is part of the game but I'm very disappointed because we had recovered really well in this game".

"We discussed at lunch break that we needed one good partnership and wanted that up front, but didn't get that".

Firstly, they arrived in the UAE in a certain state of disarray, after a woeful year that has seen their captaincy armband thrown around more liberally than the practice balls in fielding drills before the start of play. All credit should go to the people behind me, from my parents to the team and the supporting staff.

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