ISLAMABAD - Sensational bowling performance by leg spinner Yasir Shah and brilliant batting by man-of-the-match Sarfraz Ahmad, Asad Shafiq helped green caps record a moral boosting 10-wicket victory against Lankan Lions to go 1-0 in three Test series.

Critics were blaming Misbah for not batting first on a spinners’ paradise Galle track, but Misbah proved his critics wrong. Pakistan could have easily bowled out Sri Lankans in the first innings, had too many simple chances were not gifted to Lankan batsmen. Pakistani bowlers looked off-color in the early part of the first innings, but Wahab Riaz then found his missing touch, which was not witnessed since his fiery spell in the World Cup. But Juniad completely failed to justify his position as currently number one bowler of the country.

Wahab, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir and Hafeez superb bowling restricted Sri Lankans to 300 runs in their first innings. Had Pakistani fielders utilized a series of chances, they could have easily bowled out Lankans for less than 200.

Pakistan got off to worst possible start, as the way Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Younus Khan, Azhar Ali and even Misbah just gifted their wickets. It was hard to believe they were national team players who were batting or school-going kids. Pakistani batting was ripped apart at one stage when Pakistan had lost five wickets for only 96. At that stage, it was sensational batting by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who once again showed how much talented he was. Head coach Waqar Younis was wrong not to trust Sarfraz's abilities. Asad also batted brilliantly and kept the match in Pakistan's favour. Asad and Sarfraz showed top order, how to play against spinners.

Sri Lankan bowling doesn't even look closer to what they were known for during the wizard Murali era. Herath, who had destroyed a number of top Test playing nation batsmen, looked completely hapless, as Sarfraz and Asad played with lot of maturity and never gave too much respect to him.

The 117-run first innings lead was more than enough to put Lankans under tremendous pressure and as soon as the backbone of Lankan batting Sangakkara departs, the writing was very much on the cards. Yasir Shah was simply unplayable, his magic deliveries were too hot to handle for Sri Lankan batsmen, who were simply outclassed.

It was extraordinary performance by certain individuals, but the team must have to play as one unit. There were a lot of flaws witnessed in green caps batting, fielding and bowling, especially fast bowling. Junaid failed to justify his place in the squad, instead of relying on winning combination, the team management must make bold decisions in the second Test. With this stunning 10-wicket victory, Pakistan has become the first Asian country to win 123 Test matches, surpassing India, who are at number two with 122 victories.

It was a great effort and victory under Misbah's captaincy. At the twilight of his career, Misbah finally adopting to aggressive frame of mind and making the shots, which were missing in the recent past. His brave and bold decision of bowling first was not welcomed by certain quarters, but he kept faith in his bowlers, which paid great dividend for team and Misbah.

Now, the green caps must continue with the good work as they are well known for complacency and let the things slip out of their hands when they are in command. The first task of winning Test in Sri Lanka after nine years long and hard wait is over. Now the team must focus on task ahead. The leniency can cost them dearly, so the team management must chalk out strategy and try to overcome minor flaws witnessed in the first Test. Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad batted well in the second innings so they must carry on the momentum in the next matches as well. If Pakistan team stands chance of winning series in Sri Lanka after nearly a decade, then all must have to contribute.