posted on Oct, 24 2004 @ 11:05 AM
Rangana Herath claimed four wickets on the final day to hand Sri Lanka an impressive 201-run victory in the first Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad.
The left-arm spinner tore through Pakistan's middle and lower order to finish with figures of four for 64 as the tourists took a 1-0 lead in the
best-of-two Test series.
Pakistan, needing an unlikely 418 to win, were bowled out for 216 despite a stubborn 59 from Shoaib Malik. The writing was on the wall for the home
side when they were reduced to 170 for seven at lunch. Pakistan started the day on 114 for four and with recognised batsmen Yousuf Youhana and Malik
still at the crease. The pair took their stand for the fifth wicket to 63 before Herath struck, trapping Youhana (44) leg before wicket although
umpire Steve Bucknor had to give the decision lengthy consideration.
With his next ball, at the start of 60th over, Herath snared Abdul Razzaq for a golden duck. Razzaq was only half forward to a ball that kept low and
Bucknor was much quicker to raise his finger this time. The third wicket of the opening session fell shortly afterwards when Moin Khan, who Pakistan
needed to occupy the crease for as long as possible, departed fourth ball having made just one.
Chaminda Vaas was the successful bowler with Khan edging one of his left-arm deliveries to wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana. Mohammad Sami and Malik
halted the victory charge by putting on 28 before Pakistan's indiscipline spread to their running between the wickets. Malik called for a quick single
after playing the ball out to extra cover but it never looked likely to beat the arm of Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu.
Atapattu's throw to the keeper's end was accurate and Sami was given out after the television umpire had been consulted. When Malik's 177-ball vigil
came to an end two overs later, the game was almost up for the hosts. Malik got a leading edge to a Herath ball he was trying to nudge to the off side
and the bowler was quickly around to take the catch.
Shoaib Akhtar (12) was the last man to go when he was stumped by Kaluwitharana attempting to heave Herath to the boundary. Spinner Herath was the
final day hero for Sri Lanka but the nature of the match changed with Sanath Jayasuriya's magnificent 253 in the visitors' second innings. The
tourists' former captain was named the man-of-the-match for his effort and he will hope to continue that kind of form when the second Test gets
underway in Karachi