Herath drives Sri Lanka to thrilling win in Abu Dhabi

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Fellow opener Shan Masood went only two runs later for 59, bowled by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. It was also the sixth time he had scored a hundred after walking out to bat with Sri Lanka being two or more wickets down for less than a hundred runs.

Sri Lanka's hopes of inflicting a first defeat on the hosts at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium appeared slim after they were bowled out themselves for 138 and could therefore set Pakistan only 136 to win.

Dilruwan ended with 3 wickets, but the stage was set on fire by Herath who took the game by the horns and chose to turn the match in the favor of his team on the final session on the final day.

Herath was named Man of the Match, and said: "I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan)".

It was an innings of ultimate patience and extreme concentration levels as the 28-year old skipper put Sri Lanka in the driving seat. The five-for he took in Pakistan's first innings was his seventh against the team. Every young player goes to talk to him about his bowling and experiences.

Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas (3-75) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-120) sported the best figures for Pakistan.

101 - Number of wickets by Rangana Herath against Pakistan, which is the most by any bowler.

Chasing 136 to win, Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakmal worked in tandem to blow away Pakistan's top order and leave them in dire straits at 36/5.

At Stumps on Day 3, Pakistan were 266-4 with Ali holding fort against a probing spin-attack and are 153 runs adrift of Sri Lanka's first inning total of 419. The second Test - a day-night affair - starts in Dubai from Friday. "There was something for the spinners so I got this success", he said.

Replying to a question by Geo News, Arthur stated that Pakistan had needed only one stable partnership to reach the target. 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.

"After we got that wicket, we all celebrated as we had a win as a team, finally after a long time".

"They played some really good cricket and I'm sure this can continue throughout the series". Unsurprisingly, it fooled no fewer than three Pakistan batsmen, Mohammad Yousuf among them. "But obviously on the last day he was always going to be a factor and you have got to give him more respect but I would probably have liked to see our batsmen take him on".

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