Cricket: Sri Lanka beat the rain to down Pakistan in first Test

GALLE, August 10, 2014 (AFP) – Retiring Mahela Jayawardene took on the unusual role of opening batsman to hand Sri Lanka a thrilling seven-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday. – ‘Dropped catches cost us badly’ –

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq rued the missed chances on the field, but admitted Sri Lanka were deserving winners.

“Dropped catches cost us badly, especially the one off Sangakkara,” Misbah said, referring to the chance spilled at point by Abdur Rehman off the first ball of the fourth day when the batsman was on 102.

“Also our batting in the second innings could have been better. This was too good a wicket to get bowled out for 180. But the better team won. We must forget this game and get ready for the next one.”

Pakistan, who started the day at 4-1, lost three wickets in the morning session to go to lunch on 66-4.

The tourists added eight runs in the morning when seamer Dhammika Prasad had nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal edging a catch to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad made 16 when he was given out leg-before to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to make it 39-3.

Shehzad, who consulted his partner Azhar Ali befor