First Test: Rangana Herath Stars as Sri Lanka Defeat Pakistan to Take Unbeatable Lead

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

updated: August 10, 2014 18:31 IST
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Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath, 2nd left, along with teammates await a successful third umpire decision.

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Galle: Retiring Mahela Jayawardene took on the unusual role of opening batsman to hand Sri Lanka a thrilling seven-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday. (Scorecard)

The hosts, needing 99 to win in a minimum of 21 overs, beat fading light and approaching rain to cruise home in the 17th over in front of some 5,000 jubilant home fans.

Jayawardene, who is due to retire from Test cricket after the two-match series, scored 26 before Kumar Sangakkara (21) and skipper Angelo Mathews (25 not out) chipped in lower down the order.

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