GALLE, Sri Lanka: Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's four-wicket haul reduced Pakistan to 153-8 as Sri Lanka pushed for victory on the last day of the first test on Sunday.
Pakistan is 71 runs ahead after conceding an 82-run first innings lead with 32 overs remaining to be bowled in the match.The visitors' hopes rest on Sarfraz Ahmed, who is fighting a grim battle on 29. Shaminda Eranga got his 50th test wicket when he had Abdul Rehman caught behind in the last over before tea.
Herath (4-38) got the wickets of top scorer Azhar Ali (41), Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq while offspinner Dilruwan Perera successfully won lbw decisions through DRS against Misbah-ul-Haq and Ahmed Shehzad. Pakistan paid a heavy price for being too defensive and let both Sri Lanka spinners come out on top after resuming at 4-1 overnight.