Yasir seven-for sets up emphatic Pakistan win
A seven-wicket haul from Yasir Shah helped Pakistan run through Sri Lanka's second innings and romp to a 10-wicket win in Galle
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
Clear, sunny skies. Herath is back
Round the stumps