Jayawickrama’s debut 11-wicket haul gives Sri Lanka victory
Sri Lanka have taken just over an hour on day five to seal the victory by 209 runs in the second Test against Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. With that, the hosts win the two-match Test series by 1-0.
However, the second and last Test of the series will be ever memorable and remembered for debutant Praveen Jayawickrama. The 22-year old made a fairytale debut with 11 wickets- only the 4th bowler to take 10 wicket haul on debut since 1980, first Sri Lankan to do so and since 2008 the only bowler to do so on debut.
On the last day of the Test, Sri Lanka were just 5 wickets away for the win while Bangladesh needed 260 runs more to win the match. It was Jayawickrama again, who made the breakthrough early in the day taking the wicket of Liton Das.
After Liton’s dismissal, they did well to survive 20 overs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the key there. But after that, Bangladesh lost their last 4 wickets in quick succession and they remained the only side without a test win in ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
Spinner Jayawickrama took fifer again in the second innings while Ramesh Mendis picked-up four wickets and Dhananjaya de Silva grabbed the other one.
Earlier, in reply of Sri Lanka’s 493/7 in the first innings, Bangladesh bundled out for just 251 runs. Then, Sri Lanka declared scoring 194/9 in the second innings and gave Bangladesh the record chase of 437 runs.
With no surprise, Jayawickrama was adjusted man of the match and captain Dimuth Karunaratne was adjusted man of the series for his 428 runs in just 2 matches with an average of 142.66 smashing 2 centuries and 1 half-century.
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 194/9d in 42.2 overs (Karunaratne 66, Dhananjaya 41; Taijul 5/72, Miraz 2/66)
Bangladesh 227/10 in 71 overs (Mushfiqur 40, Mehidy 39, Saif 34; Jayawickrama 5/86, Mendis 4/103)
Sri Lanka won by 209 runs
Man of the match: Praveen Jayawickrama