Sun, Feb 11, 2018 - Page 11 News List

Sri Lanka triumph over Bangladesh to win series

AFP, DHAKA

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya yesterday claimed five wickets in an innings on debut as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in Dhaka by 215 runs in the second Test to win the two-Test series 1-0.

Set a target of 339 runs, collapse-prone Bangladesh were all out for 123 in 29.3 overs in their second innings in the second session of the third day, without offering much of a challenge.

Dananjaya finished with 5-24 to take his match haul to eight wickets, while veteran Rangana Herath claimed 4-49.

Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 110 runs in the first innings to take a 112-run lead after they made 222 runs in their opening innings.

The visitors’ victory was never in doubt after they posted 226 runs in their second innings, resuming the third day’s play on 200-8.

Roshen Silva remained unbeaten on 70, adding 48 runs with fellow overnight batsman Suranga Lakmal for the ninth wicket to extend their lead on a difficult pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled Lakmal for 21 to end the partnership before he trapped Herath LBW off the next ball to wrap up the Sri Lanka innings.

Taijul finished with 4-76, taking his tally to eight wickets in the match, but Bangladesh were always on the back foot once they started their second innings on a massively turning wicket.

Sri Lanka began their victory push as Dilruwan Perera removed opener Tamim Iqbal for two in just the second over of the innings.

Herath got dismissed Imrul Kayes before the lunch break as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella took a catch, just a ball after he hit the left-arm spinner for a six.

Herath added Mominul Haque (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) after the lunch break before Dananjaya stepped on to the scene and did the rest.

Silva, who also scored 56 runs in the first innings, was man of the match.

The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

The two teams are now to play two Twenty20 internationals, with the first match in Dhaka on Thursday.

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