(CNN) -- Pakistan new boys Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal put the skids under Sri Lanka as the visitors headed for victory in the first Test in Galle on Monday.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal took three wickets as Pakistan skittled hosts Sri Lanka out for just 217 in Galle.
The pace-spin combination grabbed three wickets apiece as Sri Lanka were skittled for 217 in their second innings on the third day, leaving Pakistan a victory target of just 168 runs.
The visitors ended the day on 71 for two wickets and look set for a 1-0 advantage in the three-match Test series.
Sri Lanka were given some hope as Khurram Manzoor and Younus Khan, who made a first innings century, were quickly back in the pavilion, but Salman Butt and Mohammad Yousuf steadied the ship.
Earlier, teenage paceman Aamer took three wickets for two runs with off-spinner Ajmal going through the tail.
The three-match series is the first between the two nations since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 3 while the squad was en route to resume a Test.
The attack left seven Sri Lankan players injured and eight Pakistani security forces dead.
The two teams recently contested the World Twenty20 final in England, in which Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets.
On day two, Yousuf scored a century on his return to Test cricket as Pakistan took a handy first innings lead.