With Pakistan chasing 136 for victory, the 39-year-old left arm spinner showed his class with a match-winning six for 43 in the second innings for a match haul of 11 wickets. "He is a wily old fox and I have to say Rangana is a team man and an asset to the team".
The second Test, which will be a pink-ball, day-night affair, will start in Dubai on Friday.
Rangana Herath on Monday became the second Sri Lankan to take 400 Test wickets in a match against Pakistan. He is a great bowler and we have played a lot against him.
"I just want him throughout my career", Chandimal said after the win at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. "When I went to open the innings from No.3, that was also the team's requirement".
Herath compiled Test 100 wickets against Pakistan in his 20th appearance against them, becoming the first bowler to achieve the feat.
Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was not initially included for the recent ODI series against India, also features.
Azhar top-scored in the first innings with 85.
Chandimal vowed there would be no let-up from his team despite claiming the series opener. "We had a plan like we did in 2015, but unfortunately he was better than us". In 12 Tests since August last year, Azhar scored 1325 runs opening the batting, at an average of 63.09 with four hundreds and five fifties including a triple-hundred against West Indies in the UAE last year and an unbeaten 205 against Australia in Melbourne.
"But I would probably have liked to see our batsmen take him on".
"We wanted a good partnership up front but we didn't get that and that put us under pressure".
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