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Yasir leads Pak to beat Sri Lanka

By The Assam Tribune

GALLE, June 21 (AFP): Leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed a career-best seven for 76 as Pakistan stunned Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the first Test today to take the lead in the three-match series.

Yasir spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen to skittle them for a paltry 206 in their second innings just before tea on the fifth and final day.

Pakistan, set a victory target of 90, raced home in 11.2 overs with Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on 46 and Ahmed Shehzad on 43 at the Galle International Stadium.

It was Pakistan�s first Test win in Sri Lanka since the eight-wicket triumph in Kandy in 2006. The second Test starts at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday.

Pakistan�s remarkable recovery from 96-5 in the first innings came after the entire first day�s play had been washed out and just 64 overs were bowled on the second day.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 79, Lahiru Thirimanne made 44 and and Dinesh Chandimal was last man out for 38, but the rest of the batsmen folded against Pakistan�s incisive bowling.

The 29-year-old Yasir ripped through the batting as Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for 39 runs after being 167 for five at one stage.

Sri Lanka took their overnight score of 63-2 to 144-4 by lunch, before a further six wickets fell on a dramatic afternoon in front of some 1,000 home fans.

Scorecard

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 300

Pakistan 1st innings: 417

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 63-2): K Silva c Azhar b Wahab 5, D Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Yasir 79, K Sangakkara c Azhar b Yasir 18, D Perera b Yasir 0, L Thirimanne c Younis b Wahab 44, A Mathews c Azhar b Yasir 5, D Chandimal st Sarfraz b Yasir 38, K Vithanage c Babar b Yasir 1, D Prasad st Sarfraz b Babar 2, R Herath c Hafeez b Yasir 1, N Pradeep not out 0. Extras: (B-5, LB-1, W-6, NB-1) 13. Total: (all out in 77.1 overs) 206. Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-63, 3-63, 4-132, 5-144, 6-167, 7-175 (Vithanage), 8-200 (Prasad), 9-203 (Herath), 10-206 (Chandimal). Bowling: Wahab 16-4-46-2 (w6), Junaid 7-1-23-0, Yasir 30.1-6-76-7 (nb1), Hafeez 10-3-24-0, Babar 14-4-34-1.

Pakistan 2nd innings: Mohammad Hafeez not out 46, Ahmed Shehzad not out 43. Extras: (b3) 3. Total: (for no loss, 11.2 overs) 92. Bowling: Herath 4.2-0-30-0, Prasad 2-1-10-0, Pradeep 2-0-18-0, Perera 3-0-31-0.

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Yasir leads Pak to beat Sri Lanka

GALLE, June 21 (AFP): Leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed a career-best seven for 76 as Pakistan stunned Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the first Test today to take the lead in the three-match series.

Yasir spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen to skittle them for a paltry 206 in their second innings just before tea on the fifth and final day.

Pakistan, set a victory target of 90, raced home in 11.2 overs with Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on 46 and Ahmed Shehzad on 43 at the Galle International Stadium.

It was Pakistan�s first Test win in Sri Lanka since the eight-wicket triumph in Kandy in 2006. The second Test starts at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday.

Pakistan�s remarkable recovery from 96-5 in the first innings came after the entire first day�s play had been washed out and just 64 overs were bowled on the second day.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 79, Lahiru Thirimanne made 44 and and Dinesh Chandimal was last man out for 38, but the rest of the batsmen folded against Pakistan�s incisive bowling.

The 29-year-old Yasir ripped through the batting as Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for 39 runs after being 167 for five at one stage.

Sri Lanka took their overnight score of 63-2 to 144-4 by lunch, before a further six wickets fell on a dramatic afternoon in front of some 1,000 home fans.

Scorecard

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 300

Pakistan 1st innings: 417

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 63-2): K Silva c Azhar b Wahab 5, D Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Yasir 79, K Sangakkara c Azhar b Yasir 18, D Perera b Yasir 0, L Thirimanne c Younis b Wahab 44, A Mathews c Azhar b Yasir 5, D Chandimal st Sarfraz b Yasir 38, K Vithanage c Babar b Yasir 1, D Prasad st Sarfraz b Babar 2, R Herath c Hafeez b Yasir 1, N Pradeep not out 0. Extras: (B-5, LB-1, W-6, NB-1) 13. Total: (all out in 77.1 overs) 206. Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-63, 3-63, 4-132, 5-144, 6-167, 7-175 (Vithanage), 8-200 (Prasad), 9-203 (Herath), 10-206 (Chandimal). Bowling: Wahab 16-4-46-2 (w6), Junaid 7-1-23-0, Yasir 30.1-6-76-7 (nb1), Hafeez 10-3-24-0, Babar 14-4-34-1.

Pakistan 2nd innings: Mohammad Hafeez not out 46, Ahmed Shehzad not out 43. Extras: (b3) 3. Total: (for no loss, 11.2 overs) 92. Bowling: Herath 4.2-0-30-0, Prasad 2-1-10-0, Pradeep 2-0-18-0, Perera 3-0-31-0.