Monday, 11 December, 2017

Test wins for Sri Lanka and South Africa

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 03 October, 2017, 08:37

Herath ensured it for the visitors when he bowled Hassan Ali (8) and Mohammad Amir (9) and had Mohammad Abbas out lbw to wrap up the match. Abbas did go for a review, but was more of a formality. Furthermore, Herath also completed his 400th wicket in his 84th Test match.

Niroshan Dickwella remained defiant, however, and when Pakistan's batsmen then hit nearly immediate trouble it became clear the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper's unbeaten 40 could well be significant.

Sri Lankan cricketer Rangana Herath.

Azhar Ali lead the Pakistani batting attack with the most runs in their line up. And eventually Sri Lanka, taking full advantage of winning the toss and batting first, came out as a slightly better side.

Suranga Lakmal then got Azhar Ali for a duck in the next over and he was followed by Shan Masood.

This turnaround in the pace of the match though was brought about by the spinners' effectiveness.

Yasir removed Chandimal, and later ran through Sri Lanka's lower order on a pitch conducive for spinners (but not unplayable as well).

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.

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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.

- Herath is the third fastest to 400 Test scalps.

Pakistan, meanwhile, came face-to-face with life post Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. Sri Lanka can be backed for the win at 7/4 and the draw is on offer at 3/1. Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne? Herath is level with Richard Hadlee. In doing so, Herath became one of the rare breeds of bowlers to take 100 wickets against Pakistan. When you are getting old, it gets increasingly hard, it's a different feeling (on his 400 Test wickets). They played some really good cricket. There was some assistance from the surface.

"We are over the moon".

"Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us close to the 140-mark".

"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here". We'll try and bounce back in the next game. The Sri Lankan fifth-day tropes were evident in abundance: the over-appealing wicketkeeper, the non-stop yammering around the bat, the exuberant celebrations. Needed one partnership and the game was ours.

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.

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