Debutant Akila Dananjaya’s superb performance with ball guided Sri Lanka to a 215-run victory over hosts Bangladesh in their second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur in the capital on Saturday.
Islanders won the two-match Test series by 1-0 while right-arm off-break bowler Dananjaya, who picked up a three-wicket haul in the first innings for 20 runs and bagged five wickets in the second innings for 24 runs. Meanwhile, experienced spinner Rangana Herath claimed 4 for 49 runs to add his name in the record book for highest Test wickets (415) as a left arm bowler.
Chasing a target of 339 runs, 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 in front of the Lankans.Tigers did not have smooth start of their second innings as they lost their top three batsmen to manage 52 runs in the scoreboard. Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque managed 2, 17 and 33 runs respectively.
Later on, Mushfiqur Rahim fought for the team as the former Bangladesh Test skipper attained the second highest for their side scoring 25 runs off 51 balls with four boundaries.
Earlier, 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 as they posted 226 runs in their second innings, resuming the third day’s game on 200 for 8.
Roshen Silva played a 70-run innings while Dimuth Karunaratne and Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal added 32 and 30 runs for the team.
Spinner Taijul Islam made 4 scalps for 76 for the Tigers while seamer Mustafizur Rahman took 3 for 49.
Lankan’s spin expert Rangana Herath has overtaken Pakistan’s legendary Wasim Akram’s tally of 414 scalps to become the highest wicket-taker among all left-arm bowlers in Test cricket. The veteran spinner claimed the record towards the end of their second Test yesterday.
Herath took the wickets of Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim to drive Sri Lanka into an invincible position. The left-arm spinner extended his career wickets tally to 415 and overhauled Akram’s longstanding record. After going wicket-less in Bangladesh’s first innings, he came with his own bowling style during the final day’s play.
Including the second Test at Dhaka, the 39-year old spinner has represented Sri Lanka in 89 Tests and collected 415 wickets with an average of 28.17 and strike-rate of exactly 60 with a whopping 33 five-wicket hauls as well as nine 10-wicket match hauls.
Roshen Silva, who also scored 56 runs from 124 balls in the first innings, was adjudged player of the match.
The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong.