Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Akila Dananjaya, Rangana Herath spin visitors to series victory

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

AFP, February 10, 2018

Dhaka: 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 on Saturday.

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 Lankan cricketers congratulate teammate Akila Dananjaya (C) after the dismissal of the Bangladesh cricket captain Mahmudullah Riyad during the second day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium in Dhaka on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Sri Lankan cricketers congratulate teammate Akila Dananjaya (C) after dismissal of Mahmudullah Riyad. AFP

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 the rest.

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

The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong.

The two teams will now play two Twenty20 internationals with the first match in Dhaka on 15 February.

Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114