Dream debut for Dananjaya as Lanka thrash Bangla


Dhaka: Sri Lankan spinners masterminded a fantastic 215-run win over Bangladesh on the third day of the second and final cricket Test to seal a 1-0 away series win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Saturday.

The Sri Lankan spin trio of Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath shared 10 Bangladesh second-innings wickets as the hosts were out for 123 runs in 29.3 overs while chasing an improbable target of 339.

The veteran spinner, Herath has been a huge contributor to Sri Lanka's change in fortunes after a dismal show against India.

Sri Lanka had 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.

Hearth surpassed Pakistan great Wasim Akram's tally of 414 to be the most successful left-arm bowler in the history of Test cricket. Mominul Haque (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) were the only batsmen to offer some resistance. Roshen Silva was the star batsman, making half-centuries in both innings, gold dust considering the conditions. Bangladesh lost both their openers before Lunch to go into the break at 57 for 2 and after the lunch Sri Lanka come so strong.

Earlier, with the pitch providing plenty of help for the bowlers, Bangladesh began the day with Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman operating in tandem.

De Silva played an attacking 24-ball 28 before he was dismissed by a quicker delivery from left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. These are also the 3rd fewest Sri Lanka needed to bowl out a team in an innings with all the top three coming against Bangladesh.