Sri Lanka's triumph made them only the third team this century after South Africa and Pakistan to win a series after losing the first Test. Sri Lanka's only previous away Test series win was 1-0 in a two-match contest in New Zealand last March.
Sri Lanka's triumph - it was also the first time they had won a series against Pakistan in six attempts, and the first time Pakistan have lost a series at home for 15 years - was acclaimed as "momentous" by the Sri Lankan captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, who was named man of the match. "Everyone played his part in the victory and it was the all-round performance which produced this success," he said.
(Sri Lanka won toss)
SRI LANKA - First innings 232
PAKISTAN - First innings 214
SRI LANKA - Second innings 338-9 dec
PAKISTAN - Second innings
Aamir Sohail c Hathurusinghe
b Wickremasinghe 5
Shoaib Mohammad c and b Vaas 1
Ramiz Raja c Mahanama
b Wickremasinghe 4
Inzamam-ul-Haq Mahanama b Vass 0
Basit Ali c Dharmasena b Vaas 27
Zahid Fazal c Gurusinha b Vaas 1
Moin Khan not out 117
Aqib Javed run out 6
Ata-ur-Rehman c Dunusinghe
b Wickremasinghe 4
Mohammad Akram b Wickremasinghe 2
Aamir Nazir c Tillekeratne b de Silva 11
Extras (b13 lb10 nb11) 34
Fall: 1-7 2-7 3-7 4-13 5-15 6-79 7-106 8-132 9-147.
Bowling: Wickremasinghe 18-4-55-4; Vaas 24-9-37-4; Gurusinha 3-0-16-0; Dharmasena 10-2-23-0; Muralitharan 17-3-53-0; De Silva 4-2-5-1.
n Dermot Reeve is to be sued for more than $HK2.5m (pounds 200,000) after a fan was left partially blind when a ball hit her in the face last year as she watched a pre-match warm-up in Hong Kong. Marianne Hasell, 32, suffered a fractured skull, grazed cornea and a detached retina when the Warwickshire captain missed a fast throw by team-mate Jonathan Garden. Mrs Hassell alleges that she had asked the players to move away before the incident as she felt in danger, but they had declined.Reuse content