Chasing a mammoth 508 for victory, the Pakistani tourists were eliminated for 261 in the second session of day five with the skipper Babar Azam hitting a valiant 81 in Galle.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Jayasuriya, 30, a left-arm spinner, took his fourth five-wicket shot on just his third Test since making his debut against Australia earlier this month.
Ramesh Mendis, who took five wickets with his false turn in Pakistan’s first innings, wiped the tail off with four more to spark Sri Lankan celebrations.
The tourists won the opener with a Galle record chase of 342 and battled to outdo each other, with the in-form Azam scoring their 23rd Test fifty and putting up brave positions with overnight partner Imam-ul -Haq (49) and Mohammad Rizwan (37).
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But Jayasuriya kept hitting back with steady strikes and got Agha Salman out for four on lunchtime then trapped talisman azam lbw to end pakistan resistance.
Ramesh hit on his first pitch of the day to get Imam behind, the left-handed batsman adding just three to his 46 overnight.
Jayasuriya, who took a wicket on the fourth day, cut Rizwan’s stay short on the 35th with his left arm spin. Fawad Alam was exhausted for one.
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Azam survived Jayasuriya’s lbw appeal, which was issued by the umpire but successfully reviewed by the batsman, before the bowler claimed him for the third time in this series.
Azam, who started the day on the 26th and needed help with lower back discomfort, was in fine form with the bat and scored 119 and 55 in Pakistan’s first win.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who captained Sri Lanka with back pain Dimuth Karunaratne off the field, claimed victory with his 109 in declared Sri Lanka’s 360-8.
Sri Lanka finished their innings on Wednesday afternoon with a monumental lead, but weather remained a concern for the hosts, with play ending early on days three and four due to poor light and rain forecast for Thursday after -midday.
Pakistan trailed Sri Lanka by 147 points after being knocked out for 231 in response to the hosts’ first 378 innings.