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Pakistan to battle Sri Lanka in the absence of nemesis Herath

Pakistan to battle Sri Lanka in the absence of nemesis Herath

Sri Lanka’s spin maestro Rangana Herath bowed out of international cricket last year following the first Test against England at home. With an illustrious 93-match career and boasting 433 wickets under his belt, Herath clinches a special history as the most prolific left-arm spinner to play the game.

One aspect of Herath’s dexterous bowling over the years was his supreme record over arch-rivals Pakistan. He played the most number of matches (21) against the Men in Green and claimed 106 scalps at an exceptional average of 28.07.

Herath always proved to be Pakistan’s kryptonite in the longest format and bamboozled the batsmen with his wily variations. 

He was the chief reason why Sri Lanka completed an astonishing come-from-behind victory in Abu Dhabi the last time the two teams met in a Test series. Herath achieved six wickets to help Sri Lanka defend 135 during that fateful encounter.

Herath’s career-best figures also came against Pakistan in Colombo in 2014 when he picked up 9 wickets in the first innings and followed it up with a five-wicket haul in the second innings. 

With Herath, Pakistan’s principal tormentor, having retired it remains to be seen how Pakistan fares against Sri Lanka in his absence in the upcoming matches at Rawalpindi and Karachi.