GALLE: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took a career best seven wickets to put Pakistan within sight of victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Sunday.
Sri Lanka were dismissed for 206 at tea on the fifth and final day with Yasir finishing with figures of 7 for 76, the best by a leg-spinner in Sri Lanka beating the 7/94 by Australian Shane Warne against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval in 2002.
Pakistan needed to chase 90 in the final session of play to go one-up in the three-match series.
Yasir bowling unchanged from the pavilion end ten minutes before lunch took five wickets for 27 runs in the spell as the Lankan batting crumbled against him.
Dimuth Karunaratne made a top score of 79 off 173 balls (10 fours) and the other noteworthy contributions came from Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and Dinesh Chandimal (38).
Sri Lanka’s dismal total was due to a mixture of poor batting coupled with excellent spin bowling especially by Yasir.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was a victim of the full range of components that make up the DRS available for the series.
Mathews was given out caught at short leg by the umpire off the second ball after lunch. It was a decision which he called for a review immediately. But to his dismay the third umpire for the lack of conclusive evidence available to him was unable overturn the onfield umpire’s decision, and Mathews had to depart.
His dismissal proved to be the turning point of the game for Sri Lanka as they lost their last six wickets for 62 runs.
Scores: Sri Lanka 300 and 206 (Dimuth Karunaratne 79, Lahiru Thirimanne 44, Dinesh Chandimal 38, Wahab Riaz 2/46, Yasir Shah 7/76)