Herath's record haul hurts Pakistan

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Spinner Rangana Herath secured a record-breaking nine-wicket haul, as Sri Lanka maintained command on day three of the second and final Test against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday.

Spinner Rangana Herath secured a record-breaking nine-wicket haul, as Sri Lanka maintained command on day three of the second and final Test against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Herath became only the 18th cricketer to take one less than all 10 wickets in one innings in the longest format of the international game en route to telling figures of nine for 127 in a final total of 332 all out.

The last man to achieve the milestone was Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, against Zimbabwe in Kandy in 2002. India's Anil Kumble also orchestrated the feat, versus Pakistan in Delhi in 1999.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed was largely Pakistan's only defiance. He welcomed a maiden Test century, striking seven boundaries and a solitary six during a fine 157-delivery vigil.

The Sri Lankans' response was hampered by the relatively early departures of openers Kaushal Silva and Upul Tharanga. Both fell to spin bowler Abdur Rehman, leaving the veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to compile an unbroken 98-run alliance.

Sangakkara moved to 54 not out and Jayawardene an unbeaten 49, growing the total to 177 for two – and the overall lead to 165. Jayawardene, who will retired from Test match cricket after this two-match series, cherished plenty of applause and appreciation throughout Saturday.

The Pakistanis, who were comfortably beaten in the series opener earlier this month, will require a big collective performance from Rehman and fellow slow bowler Saeed Ajmal on Sunday. They, too, will hope seamer Junaid Khan returns. Khan was unable to bowl in the second innings after being struck by a bouncer. He has been sent for scans.

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