1st Test, Galle, Jun 17-21 2015, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
300 & 206
(11.2 ov, target 90)
417 & 92/0
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Player Of The Match
PAK 2nd Innings
Full commentary

Misbah-ul-Haq: "It was very clear in our minds that the only one way of wining this Test is if we can get them early in the first innings. We just took that chance, there was a little bit of moisture, that helped our spinners, the ball was turning and bouncing even in the first innings, thereafter hats off to everyone. Fight back from Shafiq and Sarfraz. Wahab in the first innings, supported well by the three spinners. Really a big win for us, especially in Galle, We have been losing the last three series here, we were hoping we can get on top in this series, it is a confidence boost for us to go up 1-0. We were really practising last couple of series (for Herath), even in Bangladesh we played lot of left-armers. Tried to be positive against Herath, when you are playing him from the crease and letting him bowl, he could trouble you. Everybody applied themselves and we got good results. On these pitches when you have footmarks, legspinner plays a big role, that is what he (Yasir) has been doing in the UAE, he has really improved and is bowling really well, his performance was key for us winning this Test. We were positive right from the toss. We thought of winning even though it was three-and-a-half days."

Sarfraz Ahmed is the Man of the Match. Sarfraz: "I do lots of practice, lots of sweep shots with batting coach Grant Flower. I am disappointed (playing on off a paddle on 96), next time I will be careful when I am in the 90s."

Angelo Mathews: "Pretty bad loss. Pakistanis deserved to win. We have two more games to bounce back. We decided to bat through. First session was crucial. Unfortunately we kept losing wickets. We bowled well in patches but they bowled better than us. Our spinners were not that effective on this track. We don't need to panic. Just a one-off game. Got to keep trust in the players. Pretty disappointed (with the umpiring decision) but that is how it goes, people do make mistakes, got to live with it."

Hafeez and Shehzad have a stump each in hand as they walk back. Pakistan have won this in basically three-and-a-half days, their first win in Sri Lanka since 2006. They also go past India for the most number of wins by an Asian nation - 123 in 390 Tests to their neighbours' 122 in 488.

Pakistan were 96 for 5 in the first innings after Sri Lanka made 300. But Sarfraz Ahmed turned it around on the fourth morning with a characteristically creative 96 off 86. Asad Shafiq was the rock at the other end with his seventh Test hundred, and Zulfiqar Babar rubbed it in with a swift fifty. It was all Yasir Shah (30.1-6-76-7) after Pakistan took a lead of 117, while there were crucial strikes in both innings by the pace and bounce sheer will of the tireless Wahab Riaz

Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs
that will be it, Shehzad skips out and whips it powerfully against the turn between mid on and midwicket
Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs
flat outside off, punched through extra cover, and pulled back just inside the rope
end of over 1115 runs
PAK: 85/0CRR: 7.72 
Mohammad Hafeez43 (32)
Ahmed Shehzad39 (34)
Dilruwan Perera3-0-31-0
Rangana Herath4-0-23-0
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 byes
spins in and bounces down the leg side
Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run
down to deep mid on for a single
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR runs
shortish, and he pulled it hard over midwicket, this is ending quickly
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX runs
super timing from Hafeez, this is a chip over mid on and has gone all the way over the rope, took a couple of steps out, did not have the room for a full swing, so just scooped it with an extended followthrough
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run
pitched up around off, he is forward to push it away
end of over 1012 runs
PAK: 70/0CRR: 7 
Ahmed Shehzad38 (33)
Mohammad Hafeez32 (27)
Rangana Herath4-0-23-0
Dilruwan Perera2-0-19-0
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs
he gets away this time, and adds four more to the tally, it was the straighter one, and he was done in, but an inside edge saves him, and escapes fine down the leg side
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs
and again, just past mid off's dive this time, stepping out, moving inside the line and carting it with the spin
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs
he has been trying to do this through this over, and finally succeeds, down the pitch to a flighted ball, and forces it straight over the bowler
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, no run
comes out again, opens the face to push it towards cover, wants the single, is sent back
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, no run
moves forward to defend
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, no run
down the track to a tossed up ball, cannot get under it, plays it with the turn to mid off

Clear, sunny skies. Herath is back

end of over 912 runs
PAK: 58/0CRR: 6.44 
Ahmed Shehzad26 (27)
Mohammad Hafeez32 (27)
Dilruwan Perera2-0-19-0
Nuwan Pradeep2-0-18-0
Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run
shortish ball on the stumps, he makes room and pushes it down to deep mid off

Round the stumps

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs
more runs, past slip, who gives chase and stops it as it slows down near the third man rope, Hafeez allowing it to come on and dabbing it late
Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run
walks down the track and pushes it to deep mid on
Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs
deep midwicket was in with a chance as Shehzad burst out and lifted it with the turn, he was some way in, started running to his left a bit late, and it went swirling over him