Rangana Herath fourth fastest to 400 Test wickets

Sheri Evans
October 3, 2017

The left-armer is the first bowler in Test history to take 100 wickets in Tests against Pakistan.

Batsmen needed to spend time in the middle to score but nearly all of them lacked intent and hunger to do so. Before Herath, Daniel Vettori had held the record for the most wickets by a left-arm orthodox with 362 wickets.

Before lunch on day four, Pakistan was trailing the Sri Lankan first innings total of 419 by 79 runs with two wickets intact.

Meanwhile, medium pacer Mohammad Abbas claimed two wickets of Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal. The pacer, however, had the last laugh as Lakmal's hook, just one too many, ended up as a catch for Babar Azam. First he trapped Dilruwan Perera leg-before and in the very next ball got Rangana Herath out caught by Shan Masood.

It was Herath who opened the window of opportunity for Sri Lanka by prising out Sami Aslam.

The fact Sri Lanka head to Dubai for the second match - and their first floodlit Test - on Friday knowing they can not lose the series is a remarkable effort on a number of counts. Dickwella hammered crucial boundaries and the duo pushed the score to 135.

Earlier: Pakistan is dire trouble as 136-run target becomes a steep mountain to climb for the home side. Arthur noted that he would have preferred seeing the Pakistani batsmen attack Herath early in the innings.

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The damage started in the fourth over itself.

Coming back to Sri Lanka's second innings, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was the top-scorer for his side with unbeaten 40.

Niroshan Dickwella remained defiant, however, and when Pakistan's batsmen then hit nearly immediate trouble it became clear the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper's unbeaten 40 could well be significant.

After the end of the match, Herath was asked as to why he always performed well against Pakistan. For a period when Sarfraz (Ahmed) and Haris (Sohail) were going on, it was looking good. Then Pakistan took the match by the collar. In the next over, Herath baits Aamer and beats him with the dip and the leather finds the stumps.

Haris Sohail was the last man out for Pakistan with a defiant 76, including seven fours and two sixes.

PNG's eighth-wicket pair, who had already put on 32 on Sunday, added a further 61 runs yesterday morning. And Mohammad Abbas walked into the middle like a goat into a slaughterhouse.

"Then when the third umpire said it was a no ball, everyone was upset, especially Dilruwan". Furthermore, Herath also completed his 400th wicket in his 84th Test match.

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