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77dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Herath's 400th wicket seals dramatic victory for Sri Lanka

Pakistan lost a Test match in Abu Dhabi for the first time, as 16 wickets fell on a nail-biting final day on which Rangana Herath became the first left-arm spinner to break the 400 barrier

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
155(372) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 40 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 8 26 17 47 12 6 35
FDM Karunaratne
93(205) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 26 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 5 14 12 34 12 0 14

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O21.4
M4
R43
W6
Eco1.98
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
Yasir Shah
O27
M5
R51
W5
Eco1.88
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-15.50; Close: 17:20

Match days

28, 29,30 September, 01,02 October 2017 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Varun Shetty

4:43pm What a Test. Take your time and mend your hearts before the next one. It'll be a day-night fixture. And Pakistan will come out strong. They need to level this series. Thanks for joining Sreshth and me for all five days of this game. We hope you enjoyed it - see you!

Dinesh Chandimal: We are over the moon. We have waited for this win and it has finally come. Credit to the guys, they've worked really hard before the match. The management and selectors gave us a lot of confidence too. It's difficult, especially in this heat. Credit goes to people like Dickwella and Karunaratne. Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings, he got us to the 140 mark. We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here. We knew if there were a couple of early wickets, we would do well. Credit to the bowlers who put their heart and soul. It took me a long time (to make runs), but that is how you play on this pitch and I'm happy.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: This is part of the game but I'm very disappointed because we had recovered really well in this game. We should have won this. We have a few issues, especially in the fifth day when we come under pressure. Some things have to change, we needed a partnership and didn't get one. Haris Sohail played really well. It's not easy to come back like he did. We'll try and bounce back in the next game. Our batsmen played well but they didn't play long innings. If we do that, we'll do well.

Rangana Herath: I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan). I've played nearly 20 tests, maybe that's why. Actually I am ageing 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

Rangana Herath is the Man of the Match.

4:18pm Subdued now, Sri Lanka. The faux celebration might have played a part in that. But now they know for sure. They haven't had a victory in a long, long time. But they've pulled it off here. What a game. A grind for the first three days. A big century from Chandimal kept them in this after a poor start to the game. It was slow, it was painful at times, but it set everything up. Pakistan were good in their first innings too after struggling. They should never have got the lead, but their debutant and a flambouyant fast bowler grabbed it for them. Only to be undone by Sri Lanka's ninth-wicket stand this morning - how crucial was that? You have Herath, but you've got to give him something. And 136 was enough. Superb stuff from the legend. First left-arm spinner to get 400 wickets in Tests.

47.4
W
Herath to Mohammad Abbas, OUT, this has to be out, surely! Lbw appeal, given out. Arm ball, length at off stump. He looks to cut it and misses by a long way. Reviewed, of course....but no chance. Nowhere near bat, and definitely smashing into the off stump. Pakistan's first loss in Abu Dhabi is sealed by their chief tormenter Rangana Herath. It's also his 400th wicket.

Mohammad Abbas lbw b Herath 0 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.3
0
Herath to Mohammad Abbas, no run, full at middle stump, pushed down the pitch
47.2
0
Herath to Mohammad Abbas, no run, good length at middle stump, defended off the inside half
47.1
0
Herath to Mohammad Abbas, no run, back of a length, at middle stump. watches it very closely as he defends on the back foot

Abbas. Slip, silly point, short leg

END OF OVER:
47 | 3 Runs | PAK: 114/9

  • Yasir Shah6 (29b)
  • Mohammad Abbas0 (4b)
  • MDK Perera18-4-46-3
  • HMRKB Herath21-4-43-5
46.6
0
Perera to Yasir Shah, no run, good length at middle stump, pushed to midwicket off the front foot
46.5
0
Perera to Yasir Shah, no run, steps out, reaches the pitch, hammers it hard. Back at the bowler

Target possible?

146

The lowest target not successfully chased (lost) by Pakistan, against SA in Faisalabad in 1997. They have been set 136 to win this Test.

Azhar's milestone

5000

Runs completed by Azhar Ali in Tests. He has taken 115 innings to do so and is the fourth quickest among eight Pakistan batsmen.

The Abu Dhabi grind

1.90

Scoring rate in the first session of the third day. Only 57 runs were scored from 30 overs, the last-ten before lunch producing just 8 runs.

First in three years

2014

Last time before Chandimal in this Test, a Sri Lanka batsman faced than more than 60 overs (360 balls) in a Test innings - Karunaratne v NZ, Christchurch.

Yasir on top

0

Spinners to take 150 wickets in fewer Test matches than Yasir Shah. Clarrie Grimmett was the previous fastest having taken 28 matches. Yasir is playing his 27th.

Important toss?

1

No. of times teams have lost after having batted first, out of the nine Tests before this in Abu Dhabhi. They have won 4 and drawn 4.