Sri Lanka records emphatic win against Pak

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Sri Lanka romped home to a 201 run victory against Pakistan in the first test in Faisalabad.

Sri Lanka records emphatic win against Pak

Faisalabad:

Sri Lanka romped home to a 201 run victory against Pakistan in the first test in Faisalabad. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets on the fifth and final day. Pakistan were all out for 216 in their second innings after starting the day on 114 for 4. Herath perfectly filled the place of Sri Lanka's injured star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as Pakistan was dismissed for 216 when last man Shoaib Akhtar was stumped by Kaluwitharana. Pakistan got a 21-run first innings lead after it made 264 in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 243. Shoaib Malik made a career-best 59 but got little support from the other end as Herath bowled consistently with a field of four close in fielders around the Pakistan batsmen. Herath finished the match with seven wickets for 145 runs. Strongly placedSri Lanka set huge 418-run target for Pakistan after amassing 438 in its second innings, highlighted by Sanath Jayasuriya's magnificent 253 yesterday. Sanath Jayasuriya was declared the man of the match for his 253. It was Sri Lanka's sixth Test win at Pakistan in the last nine Test matches, which include 2-1 series wins in 1995-1996 and 1999-2000 along with a victory in the Asian Test championship final in Lahore two years ago. Sri Lanka now leads the two test series 1-0. The second match of the two-Test series begins in southern city of Karachi from October 28. (With AP inputs)



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