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Jayawickrama helps Sri Lanka clinch first Test series win of 2021

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players shake hands. Pix courtesy SLC
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players shake hands. Pix courtesy SLC

Praveen Jayawickrama took a match haul of 11 wickets on debut to help Sri Lanka clinch a series win over Bangladesh on Monday with a 209-run victory in the second Test at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.

This was Sri Lanka’s first Test win in more than a year, ending a run of eight Tests without a victory. The first Test in this series ended in a draw.

Sri Lanka needed five wickets for victory on the final day and Jayawickrama accounted for three of them to finish with combined figures of 11 for 178. It was the 10th-best return by a Test bowler on debut and the best by a Sri Lankan, improving on Akila Dananjaya’s eight for 44 against Bangladesh three years ago. He was voted Player-of-the-Match.

Off-spinner Ramesh Mendis finished with four wickets, complementing the orthodox spin of Jayawickrama, who flighted the ball, found drift and lot of assistance from a crumbling wicket. The two front-line spinners shared the bulk of the bowling, sending down 60 overs in the second innings and claiming nine wickets between them. Bangladesh had been bowled out for 251 in its first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 493 for seven.

Despite a first-innings lead of 242, Sri Lanka did not enforce the follow-on, instead batted again declaring on 194 for nine to set Bangladesh a target of 437.