As two spinners Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath and Pakistan's Yasir Shah took 11 and 8 wickets each, most by any other bowler in the match. Before we came here, they talked to me, and the team, and gave really good confidence.
The fact Sri Lanka head to Dubai for the second match - and their first floodlit Test - on Friday knowing they can not lose the series is a remarkable effort on a number of counts. I've played almost 20 Tests, maybe that's why.
After four days of boring cricket, this match saw a frenetic fifth day when 15 wickets fell for just 183 runs.
Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7, then the end came quickly.
Even after taking a 3 runs lead, though it was the smallest lead having been taken Pakistan in Tests while batting second, and bowling Sri Lanka out for 138 runs, Pakistan's batting once again struggled and was all out for 114 runs.
Kusal Mendis was 16 not out and Suranga Lakmal undefeated on 2. But given that a wicket has fallen every 37 balls on the fifth day of the previous two Tests in Abu Dhabi, the time saved might perhaps not be needed.
He is the second Sri Lankan to take 400 or more wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who is the highest wicket taker in Test history with 800. Herath now has 400 wickets to his name from 84 Test matches.
Herath also became the first left-arm spinner to bag 400 wickets in Tests. In pursuit of 136, Pakistan crumbled against the Sri Lankan spin duo: Herath and Perera. In Test matches scheduled over five days, this is just the tenth instance when 15 wickets have fallen on the fifth day. If a result appeared out of the question at that point, it appeared all but certain once the Sri Lankans had crumbled to 138 all out in their second innings.
After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.
Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4 after Dimuth Karunaratne's 93, and Chandimal moved on from 60.
- This is also Sri Lanka's smallest margin of win. It's hard in the middle, Dickwella and Karunaratne were very good in the first innings, Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings to get us to the 140-run mark.
"We knew once we got that much, we have our legend (Herath) here".
Sarfraz: Win and loss - it's always a part of the game, but we should have won this match. "I am so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets)".