Leggie Shah claimed his career eleventh five wicket haul, as he dismissed the Sri Lankan tail enders, also claiming the all important wicket of Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 7 runs.
Chasing a target of 136, Pakistan never got going and the combination of Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took advantage of a tired and sluggish fifth-day pitch to send the hosts packing for the just 114 runs. Herath has dismissed Azhar in each of the seven innings in his last five Tests against Pakistan.
"Player of the Match, Rangana Herath said:" I have no idea (why he takes wickets against Pakistan).
15 - Tests taken by Herath to move from 300 wickets to 400 wickets. Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best. He plays with positive intent and the hosts would hope for him to make a significant contribution. But, upon closer inspection, it was revealed that Dilruwan had overstepped and Yasir was given another opportunity to lead Pakistan to victory. Rangana Herath bagged another five-for for Sri Lanka. He failed miserably in the previous Test series against India, which was also his maiden series as captain, scoring only 96 runs in two Test matches at an average of 24.
Earlier, Pakistan in response to Sri Lanka's 419 scored 422 in their first innings. Credit goes to people like Dickwella and Karunaratne.
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"[Niroshan] Dickwella was outstanding in the second innings to get us to the 140 mark".
The second Test - a day-night match - starts in Dubai from Friday.
Sarfraz was gutted to have lost the match, and said: "This is part of the game but I'm very disappointed because we had recovered really well in this game".
"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here".
Replying to a question by Geo News, Arthur stated that Pakistan had needed only one stable partnership to reach the target. "As a team, we were below par in our performances [against India], but we have waited for this win and finally we got it. Credit goes to all the players". While most of the other Sri Lankan batsmen succumbed to the extreme conditions, Chandimal continued his marathon innings with a rock-solid defence and a monk-like temperament. I've played almost 20 Tests, maybe that's why. There was some assistance from the surface.