Galle- Pakistan became the most successful test team in Asia as they won their first test match in Sri Lanka after nine years thanks to Yasir Shah who cleaned up the Srilankan middle order with his vicious leg spin. The 10 wicket win came at a good time for the Pakistan team who are still in their rebuilding phase.

Yasir Shah spun a web around the Srilankan batsmen as he bagged seven wickets for just 76 at a very impressive 2.51 RPO. Day 5 began with a draw on the cards with Thirimanne and Karunaratne settled at the crease. Lahiru Thirimanne made 44 good runs before edging Wahab Riaz to slip while playing an ambitious on-the-up drive. Dimuth Karunatne gritted it out for 173 balls before getting stumped attempting an atrocious heave against Yasir.

The two dismissals exposed the vulnerable middle order. Yasir Shah then got the precious wicket of Srilankan captain, Angelo Mathews, ultimately, starting the downfall. A patient partnership began to build up between Chandimal and Vithanage but Vithanage lost his cool as he attempted a lofted sweep only to be caught off Yasir Shah’s spin by Babar. Chandimal stuck around scoring 38 runs off 108 balls as he tried to save the match singlehandedly. However, all he could do was delay the inevitable Pakistani victory. He was the last man to get out with Srilanka just leading by 89 runs.

An easy task was at hand for the Pakistani openers who completed the mediocre target of 90 runs in just 11.2 overs. Ahmed Shehzad scored 43 and Mohammad Hafeez finished with 46 as Pakistan finished the match on 92 for no loss, registering their 123rd victory.