Pakistan thrashes Sri Lanka as Yasir put heroic show

June 20, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Galle: Chasing a modest total of 90 runs, Pakistan cruised to a ten-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the final session of the fifth day of the first Test in Galle on Sunday, after Yasir Shah’s 7 for 76 had the home side in trouble in the first two sessions of the day.

Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad put on 92 for no loss in 11.2 overs, hitting 12 boundaries between them, to hand Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

It was Pakistan’s first win in Sri Lanka since 2006, and it also took it past India for the most number of Test victories by an Asian nation – 123 in 390 games to India’s 122 in 488 games.

A result had seemed unlikely with a day and one session lost to rain, but Yasir, the legspinner, spun a web around Sri Lanka to bowl it out for 206 in 77.1 overs.

With Sri Lanka resuming the day at 63 for 2, Yasir gave Pakistan an ideal start to the final day of the contest, going past Dilruwan Perera’s defence off the very first ball of the morning session. The right-handed batsman shouldered his arms, expecting the ball to spin away, but was instead outfoxed by a straight delivery that crashed onto his off stump.

Dimuth Karunaratne (79) and Lahiru Thirimanne (44) helped Sri Lanka consolidate, but Yasir then removed Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, who had taken Sri Lanka to 144 for 4 at lunch, in quick succession to reduce Mathews’s side to 167 for 6.

Four overs later, he had Kithuruwan Vithanage caught at deep backward square leg to take the second five-wicket haul of his career. In the last five years, Yasir has been the only Pakistan legspinner to pick up five or more wickets in an innings.

Chandimal and Prasad then added 25 for the eighth wicket to stretch the lead past 50, before Zulfiqar Babar, the other spinner, struck. Babar drew Prasad out of his crease and had him stumped.

Yasir struck again in the next over, dismissing Rangana Herath, who lobbed an easy catch to Hafeez at deep midwicket, and topped it off with the wicket of Chandimal (38) four overs later.

It was only the second time a legspinner has taken a seven-for in a Test innings in Sri Lanka, after Shane Warne achieved the feat against Pakistan in Colombo in 2002.

The second Test of the three-Test series begins in Colombo on June 25.