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03 October 2017, 08:34 | Kristopher Drake
Bowling on a slow track in Abu Dhabi. Mohammad Amir returned wicketless
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The Sri Lankan tweaker is the fourth fastest to the mark, beating the likes of Anil Kumble (85 Tests), Glenn McGrath (87 Tests) and Shane Warne (92 Tests). Two runs later Masood attempted a sweep shot off the wily Herath but missed the ball and was bowled round his legs. Sri Lanka had a nervy wait, but it was merely a stay of execution for the beleaguered hosts.
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.
Earlier, visitors will resume their second innings at 69-4, leading Pakistan by 66 runs with six wickets in hand. I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets). The technology returned a verdict of "umpire's call", which no longer sees the unsuccessful team lose one of their two reviews per innings.
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Pakistan still trail the Sri Lankan first innings total of 419 by 153 runs with six wickets intact. However, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella scored an unbeaten 40, which came off 76 balls and included four boundaries, to help Sri Lanka reach 138 before they were bowled out. The thrilling defeat marked Pakistan's first loss in a Test at Abu Dhabi.
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. "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". 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.
"Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best". As soon as we got there, we knew Rangana would lead us in the defence of the target.
This average of spinners in the second innings of the match is the second-lowest in Test history when they have taken at least 15 wickets.
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