Dananjaya, Herath spin Sri Lanka to series victory

Rangana Herath achieved another milestone
Rangana Herath achieved another milestone

Sri Lanka 222 & 226 (Silva 70no) beat
Bangladesh 110 & 123 (Dananjaya 5-24) by 215 runs
Second Test, Dhaka, day three

Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath shared nine wickets between them as Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 123 in the final innings to complete a 215-run victory in the second Test in Dhaka to take the series 1-0.

Chasing an improbable 339 runs for a win on a track that was conducive to spin, Bangladesh had a shaky start as Dilruwan Perera (1-32) trapped Tamim Iqbal (2) LBW in the first delivery he bowled. Tamim wanted a review but it went in vain.

Both Mominul Haque (33) and Imrul Kayes (17) were handed reprieves when Dimuth Karunaratne dropped them in the slip but the luck finally ended when Herath (4-49) had the latter caught behind.

Mushfiqur Rahim (25) survived a review from Sri Lanka for a caught behind but Herath went on to claim his second when he had Mominul dismissed caught behind in a similar fashion.

With Dananjaya (5-24) introduced into the attack, the problems only compounded for Bangladesh as he went on to pick five wickets in as many overs that included the scalps of Liton Das (12), Mamhudllah (6) and Sabbir Rahman (1).

The innings came to an end when Herath accounted for the final wicket of Taijul Islam (6) and in the process went past Wasim Akram's tally of 414 to become the leading wicket-taker among the left-arm bowlers.

Roshen Silva was named the man of the match as well as the man of the series as Sri Lanka start their stint under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha on a positive note.

Earlier, Sri Lanka started their second innings with a score of 200 for eight and a lead of 312 runs. Roshen (70 not out) and Suranga Lakmal (21) added 26 more runs to the overnight score before Taijul (4-76) picked the final two wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 226.

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