ABU DHABI: The Pakistani batting line-up crumbled in the face of Sri Lanka bowling, losing the first Test on Monday despite a five-wicket haul by Yasir Shah giving Sarfraz XI an easy 136-run target.
Things did not go Pakistan's way as a seemingly achievable target soon loomed large, with Sami Aslam (2), Azhar Ali (0), Shan Masood (7), Babar Azam (3) and Asad Shafiq (20) being quickly sent back to the pavilion early in the innings.
Even skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could manage only 19 runs with the bat.
The real blow came when Haris Sohail was dismissed for 34 in the 38th over, caught LBW by Perera.
Sohail had provided a much-needed anchor, taking Pakistan to 98, but wickets fell in quick succession after that.