Rangana Herath Becomes 4th Fastest Bowler to Take 400 Test Wickets

Pakistan made a solid start in reply to Sri Lanka's 419

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.

Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal. The 39-year-old left-armer grabbed 6 for 43 - taking 11 wickets in the match - as Pakistan slumped to 114 all-out chasing a target of 136 to win.

Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail marked his maiden Test with an important half-century before Sri Lanka's top order succumbed to spin in Abu Dhabi.

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"Player of the Match, Rangana Herath said:" I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan). His compatriot Muttiah Muralithran remains the fastest bowler to pick up 400 wickets, a feat he achieved in just 72 matches. When on 32, Ali also completed 5,000 Test runs in his 61st Test. We were surprised, but we thought before play started today that 160-plus would be a winning total. He's the first bowler to take 100 wickets against Pakistan, going past Kapil Dev's 99 scalps.

Openers Shan Masood (59) and Sami Aslam (51) provided Pakistan a prolific start as the duo shared a 114-run opening stand and laid a solid foundation after they resumed at 64 without loss.

According to Cricinfo, Pakistan took a meandering match by the collar, took six wickets on the final morning, and now stand only 136 runs from victory in the first Test - a turn of events almost impossible to imagine as recently as two seconds ago.

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Dickwella made the most of his reprieve and went on to hit the day's sole six as he ended unbeaten on 42. "It took me a long time (to make runs), but that is how you play on this pitch and I'm happy". He feels that the pressure of the final day of a Test match got to the team. 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. Some things have to change, we needed a partnership and didn't get one.

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". "As a team, we were below par in our performances [against India], but we have waited for this win and finally we got it. Credit goes to all the players". Unsurprisingly, it fooled no fewer than three Pakistan batsmen, Mohammad Yousuf among them. There was some assistance from the surface. "Maybe I have played more against them, that's why".

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