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Pakistan win rain-hit Galle Test after Yasir Shah’s magical spell

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GALLE: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed a career-best seven for 76 as Pakistan on Sunday won the first Test match against Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Galle.

Pakistan surpassed the 90-run target without the loss of any wicket after skittling the hosts out for 206 on the final day of the rain-hit Test match.

Earlier Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 79, Lahiru Thirimanne made 44 and and Dinesh Chandimal was last man out for 38, but the rest of the batsmen folded against Pakistan’s incisive bowling in Galle.

The tourists, who led by 117 on the first innings, had the entire post-tea session to achieve the victory target of 90 runs and take the lead in the three-match series.

The 29-year-old Yasir ripped through the batting as Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for 39 runs after being 167 for five at one stage.

Sri Lanka took their overnight score of 63-2 to 144-4 by lunch, before a further six wickets fell on a dramatic afternoon at the Galle International Stadium.

The hosts lost nightwatchman Dilruwan Perera off the first ball of the day, clean-bowled by Yasir as he shouldered arms to a ball that dipped in after pitching.

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