Pakistan complete Galle turnaround
Pakistan raced to a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka to complete a remarkable turnaround in the first Test at Galle.
Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad knocked off a victory target of 92 in just 11.2 overs after Yasir Shah's leg-spin had set the wheels in motion for a Pakistan win - their first in Sri Lanka since 2006 - that appeared highly unlikely on the fourth morning.
Pakistan were five down and 204 runs behind Sri Lanka's first-innings 300 at that stage until the counter-attacking of Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed allowed them to secure a 117-run lead.
Yasir then confirmed that was a decisive advantage as he made full use of a final-day pitch offering enough help - despite the first day being washed out - to return his Test-best 7-76.
The 29-year-old leg-spinner now has 46 scalps in eight Tests since making his debut against Australia last October with the nine-wicket haul in this match also his best.
Yasir began the final day by fooling Dilruwan Perera into leaving a top-spinner that bowled the nightwatchman although the bulk of his work came after lunch when he claimed five wickets.
He first removed Angelo Mathews to an edge the Sri Lanka skipper unsuccessfully reviewed before half-centurion Dimuth Karunaratne's patience ended, after a 173-ball stay, as he was stumped.
When Yasir then also had Dinesh Chandimal stumped to complete his seven-wicket haul, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 206 and Pakistan's openers quickly set about ensuring a 1-0 lead in a three-Test series that resumes in Colombo on Thursday.