Yasir Shah Takes Five-for as Pakistan Chase 136 for Victory

Mohammad Abbas picked up a three-wicket haul in trying conditions

"I have no idea". At that point, Sri Lanka had their nose ahead in what was until then a race between tortoises and were looking at a handy lead.

Sri Lanka, who resumed at 69-4, lost their last six wickets for 69 runs but Dickwella still put up a lone fight - hitting four boundaries - and more importantly giving Sri Lanka a target to fight. He is supportive to me and the players, with what he has learnt from cricket. Herath won the man of the match for his 11 wicket haul in the game.

"Magician" Rangana Herath spun a web around batsmen to inflict Pakistan's first loss at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in the UAE Capital.

Chasing a target of 136, Pakistan never got going and the combination of Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took advantage of a tired and sluggish fifth-day pitch to send the hosts packing for the just 114 runs.

Herath was the hero with the ball as he took six wickets, while Dilruwan got three and Lakmal claimed one.

Pakistan, playing a Test match for the first time since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retired, had their opponents struggling at 61 for three at lunch.

He is the second Sri Lankan to take 400 or more wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who is the highest wicket taker in Test history with 800.

Herath also became the first left-arm spinner to bag 400 wickets in Tests.

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Herath, a long-time nemesis of Pakistan, also completed 100 wickets in 20 Tests against them.

Pakistan's chase started badly, losing wickets at 4, 7, 16 and 32 before limping to tea at 67-5, setting up a tense last session.

The veteran bowler stole the headlines on an action-packed final day of the first Test, bringing up his landmark scalp with the match-clinching lbw dismissal of Mohammad Abbas.

101 - Number of wickets by Rangana Herath against Pakistan, which is the most by any bowler. As a result, Sri Lanka folded for 138.

"Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best". Only Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Sarfraz Ahmed registered double figures as the whole batting unit fell apart.

The fact it would be Sri Lanka who would be signing for a win at the end of the day will not have been universally foreseen. It's hard in the middle, Dickwella and Karunaratne were very good in the first innings, Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings to get us to the 140-run mark.

"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend [Herath] here". I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets).

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