Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed five wickets in an innings on debut as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 215 runs in the second Test to win the two-Test series 1-0 in Dhaka yesterday.
Set a target of 339 runs, a 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 experienced 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.
“It was a really good series. The first Test was a nightmare for the
bowlers and this one was a nightmare for batsmen,” said Sri Lanka
captain Dinesh Chandimal.
“We executed all our plans and credit goes to the entire team. We felt
that this pitch could assist spinners, but we were a bit surprised at
the way it played.”
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad was dejected after the loss.
“Feeling really disappointed. It was a result-oriented pitch and our
batsmen let us down. We should have been more careful with the choice of
shots on this wicket. First innings became crucial,” he said. “Their
bowlers were very good, always kept us under pressure. We let them off
the hook at times.”
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 Stadium.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled Lakmal for 21 to end the
partnership before he trapped Herath leg-before 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 in 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
rid of 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
Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya (left) celebrates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan during the third day of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. (AFP)