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Cricket

Sri Lanka win first Test in Galle as Pakistan crumble
Reuters
Galle, Sri Lanka, August 10, 2014
First Published: 18:26 IST(10/8/2014)
Last Updated: 18:47 IST(10/8/2014)

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed six wickets as Sri Lanka fashioned an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test at Galle to go one-up in the two-Test series on Sunday.

Herath took six for 48 as Pakistan crumbled to 180 all out in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to chase 99 for victory in 21 overs in a contest that looked to be heading for a draw at the start of the final day.

Sri Lanka got there with 4.4 overs to spare with skipper Angelo Mathews, who hit an unbeaten 25, stroking the winning runs to spark off celebrations around the ground.

Herath cleaned up the Pakistan tail, leaving Sarfraz Ahmed unbeaten on 52, his second half-century of the match.

The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday and will be the final appearance of former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene in the longer form of the game.


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