Sri Lanka wins first Test as Pakistan crumbles

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Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed shared an innings-reviving 42-run stand with Haris Sohail but when he was stumped, advancing down the wicket to Herath, Pakistan slumped to 78-6 and Sri Lanka had the upper hand.

1 - Rangana Herath became the first left-arm spinner in Test history to take 400 Test wickets. He's the first left-arm spinner, 14th bowler overall and second for Sri Lanka to take 400 wickets.

Haris Sohail was the last man out for Pakistan with a defiant 76, including seven fours and two sixes.

It took nearly four days for the first 20 wickets of the match to fall and then only a little over a day for the next 20 dismissals as Pakistan crumbled to quality spin an hour or so into the final sessions of the match. He has taken 95 wickets against them and needs five more to go past Kapil Dev to become the highest wicket-taker against Pakistan in Tests. In five Tests since then (and one potential bowling innings still to go in the fifth) he has taken 30 wickets at an average of 21.96. It was also a first defeat for Pakistan at this venue in 10 Tests. The management and selectors gave us a lot of confidence too. Aslam, recalled after being dropped from the West Indies tour on disciplinary grounds earlier this year, was trapped leg-before by off-break bowler Dilruwan Perera.

Pakistan have now been cut to 8/11 from 7/4 with Sky Bet to win while the draw is 11/8 and an unlikely Sri Lanka victory is priced at 14/1.

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Pakistan lost the first Tes of the two-match series against Sri Lanka by 21 runs and coach Mickey Arthur insisted that it was Azhar Ali's early departure that emerged out to be a "big blow" for his side. "We needed someone in the top four to get a good score and that just didn't happen". 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. However, on Friday, he raised his bar as a batsman with a patient and fighting knock of 155* against Pakistan on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here. There was something for the spinners so I got this success", he said. "Maybe I have played more against them, that's why".

Firstly, they arrived in the UAE in a certain state of disarray, after a woeful year that has seen their captaincy armband thrown around more liberally than the practice balls in fielding drills before the start of play.

"I have no idea how long he is going to play, but I am sure he will do what he can for the team".

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