Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in first Test

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iol spt aug10 SL-Mathews joy Reuters Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews celebrates after they win over the first Test against Pakistan in Galle. Photo by: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the first Test in Galle on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The hosts, set a target of 99 runs in a minimum of 21 overs after Pakistan were bowled out for 180 in their second innings, coasted home in the 17th over in front of 5,000 home fans.

Mahela Jayawardene, who is due to retire from Test cricket after the series, opened the innings and scored 26 as the hosts beat fading light and approaching rain to record a good win.

Kumar Sangakkara made 21 and skipper Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten on 25 as rain hit Galle soon after the match ended.

The second and final Test will start at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday.

Brief scores: Pakistan 451 and 180; Sri Lanka 533-9 declared and 99-3 – AFP

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