Pakistan routed by Herath spin

Sri Lanka 292 & 217 Pakistan 342 & 117
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Sri Lanka produced a stunning 50-run win inside four days over Pakistan in the first Test at Galle to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Pakistan had started the fourth day needing only 97 to overhaul Sri Lanka's target of 168 and with eight wickets in hand, but were undone by superb spells from left-arm paceman Thilan Thushara and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

The two produced an astonishing turnaround with two wickets apiece in quick succession which left Pakistan, 71 for 2 overnight, reeling at 80 for 6 within the first seven overs of the day.

Ajantha Mendis then chipped away with two tail-end wickets, while Herath added two more victims to finish with figures of 4 for 15 from 11.3 overs as Pakistan were bowled out for 117 just before the lunch interval. Thushara had begun proceedings with an impeccable first over, and he laid bare Pakistan's middle order with two wickets in the first over from the other end.

Mohammad Yousuf, who had scored a century in the first innings, was removed off the first ball from Herath, trapped in front while playing down the wrong line. Salman Butt succumbed two deliveries later and Sri Lanka built on the momentum, their dominance underlined when Misbah-ul Haq was brilliantly run out by Dilshan for seven.