Jayawickrama ravages Bangladesh with record-breaking spell on debut

Spinners Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis have taken 8 wickets in between them as Sri Lanka seized control of the second Test against Bangladesh on the third day at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. Sri Lanka have taken 259 runs lead and ended the day in a dominant position.

Jayawickrama ravages Bangladesh with record-breaking spell on debut

Jayawickrama registered the best figures on debut for a Sri Lankan bowler with bowling figure of 32-7-92-6.

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He helped the hosts dismiss the visitors for 251 in the first innings on Saturday, before Sri Lanka declared batting only 21 legal balls to add to their overnight score 469/9. They called their innings on 493/7 in 159.2 overs.

Opener Tamim Iqbal started off aggressively again as he dominated for the most part of 98-run opening stand with Saif Hassan, who was caught at slip off Jayawickrama making 25 off 62. Najmul Hossain Shanto had not done much after his first innings century in the first Test. He departed for four-ball duck on the last ball of the first session in Mendis’ over.

Tamim picked-up another quick half-century but he missed century again in Sri Lanka despite six half-centuries there. Again it was debutant Jayawickrama, who took the all-important wicket of Tamim as the batter fell into an outside edge scoring 92 off 150 balls and Lahiru Thirimanne grabbed an easy catch at slip.

Bangladesh were at some danger losing 3 wickets at 151 runs. But captain Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur put on a sizeable partnership to help Bangladesh claw their way back. They made 63-run partnership to tackle the situation before Mushfiqur fell into the trap of lbw off Jayawickrama’s delivery just before tea break scoring 40 runs off 62 balls.

After tea break, it was all 22-year old Jayawickrama’s show as he ripped through Bangladesh’s middle-order. Liton Das (8), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (16) and Taskin Ahmed (0) all were the debutant’s victim. While Mendis and Suranga Lakmal took the other three. Mominul scored 49 runs before falling to Mendis.

Bangladesh didn’t able to avoid the follow-on. However, Sri Lanka didn’t enforce them either. Rather, they came to bat again leading by 242 runs. But they also lost two wickets before the stumps being called off on a real turning wicket. Total 13 wickets fell in the day and Sri Lanka ended the day at 17/2.

Miraz and Taijul Islam took the wicket of Thirimanne (1) and Oshada Fernando (1) consecutively. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (13*) and Angelo Mathews (1*) will resume the fourth day of the second Test.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 493/7d in 159.2 overs (Thirimanne 140, Karunaratne 118, Oshada 81, Dickwella 77*; Taskin 4/127)

Bangladesh 251/10 in 83 overs (Tamim 92, Mominul 49, Mushfiqur 40; Jayawickrama 6/92, Mendis 2/86)

Sri Lanka 17/2 in 7 overs (Karunaratne 13*, Thirimanne 2; Miraz 1/7, Taijul 1/2)

Sri Lanka lead by 259 runs

Stumps- Day 3

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