A nine wicket haul in the match from leg spinner Yasir Shah helped Pakistan notched up 10 wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Galle Test. Pakistan recovered after suffering the early blow at the start of the day fourth morning. They were five down and 182 behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 300 at the time.
The revival was steered up by Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq as their sixth wicket partnership helped Pakistan to get 117 lead over Sri Lanka. In the second innings Sri Lanka struggled throughout the innings as a rejuvenated Yasir Shah bamboozled them by picking up seven wickets including the wickets of Kumara Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka finally managed to put a plucky 206 that meant Pakistan had two seasons to chase 89 runs with ease. Ahmed Shehzad(33) and Mohammad Hafeez (46) took only 11.2 and scored 92 run at an average of eight runs per over to clinch the victory.
Earlier, first day of the Test was washed out due to inclement weather and heavy rain. On the second day Sri Lanka commencing their innings lost wickets at regular interval, only Kushal Silva, who scored 125, could handle Pakistan bowlers well, before he was caught by Ahmed Shehzad off Zulfiqar Babar. Pakistani bowlers lead by Rahab Riaz (3 wickets), Zulfiqar Babar (3 wickets) restricted Sri Lanka at 300.
Pakistan in their first innings lost their first five wickets scoring just 96 runs. But a sixth wicket 139 runs partnership between Asad Shafiq (131) and Sarfraj Ahmed (96) helped Pakistan to recover from the early collapse and put 417 runs.
Statistical highlights of the match:
1) First time ever that Sri Lanka have three batsmen out stumped in a Test innings.
2) Yasir Shah’s 7 for 76 is best by a leg-spinner in Sri Lanka, beating Shane Warne’s record of 7 for 94.
3) Sri Lanka in both the innings lost 5 wickets for 39 runs.
4) This is Pakistan’s 123rd win in Test, most by an Asian team. India has 122, Sri Lanka 71 and Bangladesh 7