Herath drives Sri Lanka to thrilling win in Abu Dhabi

Lawrence Cooper
October 3, 2017

The fact Sri Lanka head to Dubai for the second match - and their first floodlit Test - on Friday knowing they can not lose the series is a remarkable effort on a number of counts.

Sri Lanka, out of the match surely when they set out to defend 136 after lunch, yet victors by 21 runs, Rangana Herath breaking records, scuttling Pakistan again - 6 for 43 to his name. He is supportive to me and the players, with what he has learnt from cricket. Mohammad Abbas was the pick of the bowlers with three for 75.

Herath opened the window of opportunity for Sri Lanka.

The Dinesh Chandimal-led side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually were bundled out for 138, thus leaving Pakistan 136 to win the Test and take an early lead in the two-match series.

Kusal Mendis was 16 not out and Suranga Lakmal undefeated on 2. The thrilling defeat marked Pakistan's first loss in a Test at Abu Dhabi.

It was then left to Shah who on consecutive deliveries dismissed Perera for six and then had Herath caught by close in fielder to complete his fourth consecutive five wicket haul in as many Tests.

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The victory was achieved when Herath trapped last man Mohammad Abbas leg before for nought to become the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets.

It was also his eighth haul of five wickets or more in Tests against Pakistan. "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.

He is the second Sri Lankan bowler and the 14th in all Test cricket, fifth spinner behind his countryman Muttiah Muralitharan, Australia┬┤s Shane Warne and Indian duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to reach the 400-wicket milestone. If a result appeared out of the question at that point, it appeared all but certain once the Sri Lankans had crumbled to 138 all out in their second innings. Sri Lanka can be backed for the win at 7/4 and the draw is on offer at 3/1. Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings, he got us to the 140 mark.

Haris Sohail exercised some restrain with 34 runs but no other batsman resisted and 8 of them even couldn't enter into double figure.

Herath: I have no idea, but I have played more games against them (on taking 100 wickets against Pakistan). I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets). "We all knew the legend Rangana would come into play, and finally he did his best", he added.

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