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Naseem Shah rips through Sri Lanka to complete Pakistan's triumphant Test return
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Naseem Shah rips through Sri Lanka to complete Pakistan's triumphant Test return

Sixteen deliveries. That is all it took Pakistan to wrap up a comfortable 263-run win over Sri Lanka to mark their first Test series win on home soil since 2006.

The 14-minute formality on Monday in Karachi saw Sri Lanka's batters quickly unravel to the feisty pace of teenager Naseem Shah and Yasir Shah's quality leg-spin.

Naseem became the second-youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Test cricket when he snaffled the last scalp to fall for the tourists.

The tearaway speedster began proceedings with a rip-roaring bouncer that grazed the glove of Lasith Embuldeniya through to the wicketkeeper.

Having taken a wicket on the last ball of the fourth day, the departure of Embuldeniya caused Naseem to be on a hat-trick but Vishwa Fernando kept the youngster at bay.

The following over, Yasir dismissed Oshada Fernando for a valiant 102 as his ill-fated dab was pouched by Asad Shafiq at slip.

Naseem then cleaned up Vishwa with a pinpoint yorker delivered at a ferocious pace, trapping the No. 10 lbw right in front of the stumps.

Sri Lanka's brief collapse meant they were unable to add even a single run to their overnight tally and were bundled out for 212 in pursuit of the daunting 476-run target.

Naseem's vibrant spell of bowling allowed him to finish with career-best figures of 5-31.

Fellow Pakistani Nasim-ul-Ghani holds the record as the youngest bowler to register a five-wicket haul in the longest format as his feat came against West Indies back in 1958.

The convincing Test victory has helped Pakistan experience a significant surge in the World Test Championship table resulting in a promotion to the No. 3 slot.

They have displaced Sri Lanka to the number four position, who boast an equal number of points (80) but have not yet won a series.

Pakistan's first taste of Test cricket at home ends a decade of forced exile to neutral venues owing to security concerns following the unfortunate terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

The series opener in Rawalpindi was marred by murky weather but the subsequent game provided the hosts a chance to complete a remarkable Test return to Pakistan.

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