But veteran Herath (six for 43) and his fellow finger spinner Dilruwan Perera (three for 46) had other ideas.
The victory was achieved when Herath trapped last man Mohammad Abbas leg before wicket for a duck to give Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. However, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella scored an unbeaten 40, which came off 76 balls and included four boundaries, to help Sri Lanka reach 138 before they were bowled out.
Herath was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka as he finished the day with 2-47. In doing so, Herath became one of the rare breeds of bowlers to take 100 wickets against Pakistan. Karunaratne walked away instead of appealing against the decision.
"I'm on the groundsman's case", Du Plessis said yesterday after South Africa bowled out Bangladesh for 90 to complete a crushing 333-run win on the fifth and final day of the first Test at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Azhar Ali once more rescued Pakistan's batting with a fighting half century on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Looking to the future, yes, he is 39, a little bit old now, but he always tries to do his best.
The slow run-rate of the day saw Pakistan's odds pushed out 7/4 with the draw cut to odds-on at 8/11.
Kusal Mendis was 16 not out and Suranga Lakmal undefeated on 2.
With wickets falling at regular intervals, Sri Lanka's hopes of posting a competitive score were fading fast.
By stumps, Pakistan was a chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30 to make honors even.
Leggie Shah claimed his career eleventh five wicket haul, as he dismissed the Sri Lankan tail enders, also claiming the all important wicket of Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 7 runs.
Yasir Shah finally had Sandakan caught at point while Hasan Ali (1-21) ended the innings by bowling Nuwan Pradeep, leaving Dickwell's fight stranded. He is the first bowler to take a century of wickets against Pakistan, beating Indian paceman Kapil Dev who fell one short with 99. The nature of Pakistan's capitulation at the end showed just how hard the transition is going to be in the post Misbah-ul-Haq era. The technology returned a verdict of "umpire's call", which no longer sees the unsuccessful team lose one of their two reviews per innings. Credit goes to people like Dickwella and Karunaratne.
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