That brings us to the close of a thrilling encounter! This is the lowest total successfully defended by Sri Lanka in Tests. This will be a morale-boosting victory for the visitors after suffering a whitewash against India at home. On the other hand, the hosts didn't perform badly but failed to stand tall when it mattered the most. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Join us for the second and final Test (Day/Night) on the 6th of October in Dubai at 1530 local time (1130 GMT) to catch all the action! Goodbye and take care!
Sri Lankan skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says that they are over the moon and waited for this win. Credits the players, team management and selectors for the hard work. Admits that it was difficult to stay in the middle in the given conditions and opines that biding time is important in such conditions. Lauds Niroshan Dickwella and Dimuth Karunaratne. Opines that the former was instrumental in getting them to the 140-run mark, as they believed that it was a defendable score. Appreciates his bowlers for their efforts in defending the total.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says winning and losing is a part of the game. Admits he is disappointed. Further adds there are issues which they will have to look into and resolve. Reckons it was just a matter of one partnership and they would have won the match. Mentions the new ball was seaming around and there was also bite from the wicket which troubled both the teams. Credits Haris Sohail for his performance on Test debut. Ends by saying they will try and make a comeback in the next game.
Man of the Match, Rangana Herath, says he has played more Tests against Pakistan, hence perhaps, he has got more wickets against them. He feels happy to get to 400 wickets and credits his family, team, support staff and everybody who backed him. About pressure he reckons that there isn't much pressure on him and it's just about turning out and playing the game. Ends by saying that the surface was helpful on the last two days which helped him.
In their second innings, Sri Lanka lost their top order very cheaply. On the fifth day morning, they collapsed on a crumbling wicket apart from the resistance from the pair of Dickwella and Sandakan. Yasir Shah was in his elements, ending up with a fifer. Niroshan Dickwella was the only one who played street smart cricket to set a challenging target for the home side. It was not going to be an easy task and the tourists were absolutely brilliant. Facing Herath proved to be a nightmare for Pakistan. The experienced campaigner ran through the opposition's batting line-up, taking his 9th 10-fer en route to his 400 Test wickets and his team's memorable victory. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Earlier, Sri Lanka posted a huge 419 on the board courtesy a terrific century from Chandimal and also vital contributions from Karunaratne and Dickwella. In reply, Pakistan responded confidently. The top order flourished. The foundation had been set. Sohail, the debutant cashed in, scoring a half century. He shepherded the lower order to perfection thereby giving his side a 3-run lead.
What a cracker of a game! Sri Lanka have held their nerves to come out on top. How fitting it is that the wily old customer, Rangana Herath is at the thick of it. Defending 135 deserves a lot of credit, even though the track was offering substantial turn and bounce. The spin bowling of Herath and Perera did the trick for the visitors. The Pakistani batsmen were left hapless and kept on falling like a pack of cards. Apart from the gritty 42-run stand between Haris Sohail and Sarfraz Ahmed, the hosts surrendered rather meekly.
Rangana Herath to
OUT! Wicket no. 400 in Tests for Rangana Herath and SRI LANKA WIN BY 21 RUNS AND GO ONE UP IN THE SERIES! And the celebrations resume in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Herath fires in an arm ball around off, Abbas looks to cut it but is a tad late on that shot. Ends up missing the ball and he gets rapped on the back pad right in front of the stumps. Herath begins his celebration and umpire Nigel Llong upholds that by raising the dreaded finger. Abbas opts to take it upstairs. Replays confirm that there's no bat involved. Hawk Eye returns three reds. Thus the on-field call stays! The wily old fox aptly shuts off the game with his 11th scalp.
Abbas is given out LBW. It looks plumb to the naked eye yet he opts for the review. Maybe he does so as these are the final moments of the game.
This is speared in line of the stumps, Mohammad defends it from the crease.
Loopy delivery around middle and leg, he gets an inside edge onto his pads. A stifled appeal follows, only to be turned down.
Tosses it up in line of the stumps, Abbas blocks it from within the crease.
Dilruwan Perera to Yasir Shah
Tossed up on off, Shah leans forward and blocks it to short leg.
Shah skips down the track and hammers it to Perera. Anything can happen from here.
Tossed up outside off, Shah drives it sweetly through covers for a couple. The crowd is behind the home side.
What drama! Perera does everything right apart from overstepping. A heartbreaking moment for the whole of Sri Lanka. Floated on middle, drifting towards the pads. Shah looks to keep it out but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards Mendis at short leg. The youngster dives full length to his right and takes a stunner. He runs in joy and poses for the camera. The replays show that he has overstepped. The Lankans have to cut short their celebrations and have to resume with their bowling! The shoulders droop for the visitors. How costly will this be?
Is it a no ball? The umpires are checking for the front foot and Perera seems to have overstepped. What a moment, what a time to do so! Sri Lanka's joy seems to be short-lived.
Uses his feet and works it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
Tossed up outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
Coming in with the arm, Shah looks to play it across but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Stifled shout for an LBW turned down.