Needing 255 to win after Sri Lanka had declared for 181 for six, Pakistan did get off to the flying start that would have enabled them to assail the target. Mohammad Hafeez was sent back to the pavilion after a direct hit Lahiru Thirimanne found him short of the crease.
That signalled a change in the approach of Pakistani batsmen with Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali shutting up shop, trying to get Pakistan safely through the match without any further incidents.
However Sri Lankan bowlers Herath who got Ali and subsequent batsman Younus Khan, getting them leg-before-wicket and caught at mid-on respectively.
Umar along with in-coming batsman and captain, Misbahul Haq closed up for the next 15 overs. However, Pakistan gave themselves cause to worry when the seemingly stoic Umar played a short delivery from Suraj Randiv straight to Kumar Sangakkara at point.
Pakistan though manage to see the rest of the day out without further loss, closing the innings at 87 for four and winning the three match series.
Earlier Sri Lanka had set Pakistan a target of 255 runs to win the third and final Test after they declared their second innings at 181-6 on the fifth and final day at Sharjah stadium here on Monday.
No play was possible in the pre-lunch session due to rain. Sri Lanka batted for 3.2 overs after resuming the day at 164-5.
Pakistan were needed to get the target in 61 overs.
Pakistan lead the three-Test series 1-0 on account of winning the second Test by nine wickets in Dubai. The first Test in Abu Dhabi ended in a draw.
Rain delays Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test
The start of the fifth day’s play in the third and final test in Sharjah between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was delayed due to rain on Monday.
Sri Lanka, who are trailing Pakistan 1-0 in the three-test series, were 164 for five wickets in their second innings for an overall lead of 237 runs at the close of the fourth day.
Pakistan, who won the second match of the series by nine wickets, are playing “home” tests in the Gulf region due to security concerns in their own country.