Rangana Herath fourth fastest to 400 Test wickets

Rachel Hardy
October 3, 2017

The veteran left-arm spinner took 6-43 - 11-136 in the match - to scupper Pakistan, set a modest 136-run target, for just 114 on a tired fifth day Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Most wickets after 84 Tests.

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur rued the fact that the team could not go over the line in the first Test against Sri Lanka recently.

Perera ended Sohail's fight by trapping him leg before and also had Shah but it turned out to be a no-ball, halting Sri Lanka's celebrations, eventually provided by Herath.

After Suranga Lakmal dismissed a leaden-footed Azhar Ali and Perera took two wickets himself, Herath produced perhaps the two biggest wickets of the innings. This was thanks to Rangana Herath's 6 for 43, during the course of which he became the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets.

Chasing 136, a target looking easy but getting more and more hard on a tired pitch, Pakistani batsmen could not resist against the bowling from left arm spinner Rangana Herath and were bowled out for 114.

5 - Rangana Herath became only the fifth spinner to take 400 Test wickets.

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Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 74 while Babar Azam fell in the last over for the day for 28 as Pakistan were still 153 behind with six wickets intact. New Pakistan Test captain Sarfraz Ahmed completed the run-out.

Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera lead the bowling attack for the Sri Lankan side.

The 39-year-old orthodox spinner snared 6-41 in the second innings - giving him 11 for the match - as Sri Lanka defended its meager 135-run advantage on a dramatic day when 16 wickets tumbled in three sessions.

The last-day surprise is now something of a trope of Sri Lanka-Pakistan matches, several compelling conclusions having been summoned by these teams since 2009.

Pakistan are 5/4 with Sky Bet for victory, Sri Lanka can be backed at 4/1 and the draw is on offer at 6/5. Herath was the flawless figure to lead the PR exercise, but Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne, had all played their roles as well.

Pakistan, playing a Test match for the first time since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retired, had their opponents struggling at 61 for three at lunch. "It took me a long time (to make runs), but that is how you play on this pitch and I'm happy".

The fact it would be Sri Lanka who would be signing for a win at the end of the day will not have been universally foreseen. However, Pakistan kept losing wickets after the Tea break.

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