Herath makes history as Sri Lanka thrash Bangladesh

Akila Dananjaya Claims Five Wickets As Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh

Akila Dananjaya Claims Five Wickets As Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh

Dhaka: Roshen Silva hit an unbeaten half-century to put Sri Lanka in command in the second Test against Bangladesh after stretching their lead to 312 on Day II. Since January previous year, they were beaten in South Africa, by India at home, drew against Bangladesh at home for the first time and only just about competed in India in November and December.

Dananjaya had eight wickets on debut, including his 3-20 in the first innings. "We knew they have a world-class spin attack, still we took the challenge". Dananjaya returned figures of 5/24 while left-arm spinner Herath had figures of 4/49 and Perera 1/32.

The hosts appeared to have made a solid enough start as four of their top five, led by Mominul Haque (33), managed to reach double figures.

Earlier Saturday, Sri Lanka ended its second innings on 226, adding to its 222 from the first innings.

While the pitch aided the spinners, the Sri Lankan tweakers displayed better discipline in terms of their line and lengths, which meant that the Bangladesh batsmen couldn't free themselves of the stranglehold at any stage resulting in the home team being bowled out for 110 and 123.

"Not only this [series win], even when we played in Dubai we won 2-0 against Pakistan", Herath said.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam struck twice in his first over of the day to wrap up the Sri Lankans innings.

Rangana Herath, who has been Sri Lanka's stalwart in this hard period, said this was the start of a new journey with the Test team after 12 months of unease.

After Bangladesh was dismissed for 110, opener Dimuth Karunaratne gave Sri Lanka a solid start with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 28.

Similar to its first-innings' collapse when it lost 5-3, Bangladesh lost 5-23 in its second innings to make it an easy victory for Sri Lanka inside three days.

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