Herath took his 32nd five-wicket haul in the first innings with five for 93 runs in 40 overs. After the Lankans set Pakistan a target of 136 runs to win, the 39-year-old guided his side to an believable victory with six wickets for 43 runs in 21.4 overs.
Herath brought Sri Lanka’s with a lbw of Mohammad Abbas. It was his 400th wicket in Tests. He became the 14th man to join the 400 club and the second Sri Lankan to do so. He is also the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets. He took 84 matches to achieve the feat, the fourth-fastest in history.
Thw left-armer also took his 100th wicket against Pakistan when he took Pakistan’s ninth wicket in the second innings. He has 101 wickets in 20 Tests against Pakistan. No other bowler has 100 Test wickets against them. Kapil Dev had taken 99.
Herath has now 33 Test five-fors to his name, two less than Anil Kumble’s 35, the fourth-most. With an eleven-wicket haul in the first Test, he has taken a ten-wicket haul in a match for the ninth time equalling Sir Richard Hadlee. Two greatest spinners of all time, Muttiah Muralitharan (22) and Shane Warne (10) lead the list.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com