Galle, Jun 26: Sri Lanka, having set a target of 510 to win, bowled out Pakistan for 300 to win the first Test on Day four by a massive 209 runs at Galle on Monday.
Pakistan's Younis Khan (87) and Asad Shafiq held Lanka's victory as the pair added 151 runs for the fifth wicket before Herath dismissed Shafiq for 80 to break the partnership while Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Pradeep tapered the tail to restrict Pakistan to 300 and give Sri Lanka the biggest win over their Asian rivals.
Spinners Randiv and Rangana Herath bowled in tandem as they claimed five wickets while pacer Kulasekara grabbed three wickets to ensure Lanka won the first Test with a day to spare as it looked like Pakistan were keen to fight on Day five as well.
Randiv, grabbed seven wickets in the match to emerge as one of the contenders to the man of the match award but nobody could snatch it from the opening batsman Kumar Sangakkara who was stranded on 199 in Sri Lanka's first innings, as he was awarded with the honour.
The last four days witnessed Sri Lanka's magical spells and Pakistan's falling apart as a team, as their batting failed miserably in the first innings, while Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq added some stability in the middle as they made Sri Lanka wait for three hours before Herath dismissed Shafiq.
Earlier, Lanka made 472 in the first innings, with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara posting their hundreds while the latter was stranded on 199 as Lanka were bowled out for 472, which denied him a chance to score his double ton.
In reply to Sri Lanka's 472, Pakistan succumbed to Sri Lankan attack as Suraj Randiv picked four wickets while Herath grabbed three scalps to bundle the touring side to a paltry 100. Further Lanka added 137 more runs in the second innings, to set a target of 510 for Pakistan to win the match.
Now, with a 1-0 lead in the series, Sri Lanka look to take advantage of their Asian rivals while they take on them in the second Test to be played at Colombo from June 30.