Herath spins Sri Lanka to crush­ing win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GALLE: Cap­tain Ran­gana Herath claimed six wick­ets in the sec­ond in­nings to help Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first cricket test in Galle yesterday.

Sri Lanka dis­missed Bangladesh for 197 runs in their sec­ond in­nings in the penul­ti­mate ses­sion of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match se­ries.

Re­sum­ing from their overnight score of 67-0, Bangladesh had big hopes of sav­ing the test, but lost opener Soumya Sarkar to the sec­ond ball of the day when Asela Gu­naratne bowled him for 53. The tourists never re­cov­ered.

Mominul Haque was trapped leg be­fore wicket for 5 by Dil­ruwan Per­era, with the bats­man un­suc­cess­fully chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion.

Herath then struck twice in an over to get a firm grip on the game. For­mer cap­tain Shakib Al Hasan was spec­tac­u­larly caught by Dimuth Karunaratne at legslip for 8 and two balls later Mah­mudul­lah Riyad was trapped leg be­fore wicket with­out scor­ing.

But cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim and wick­et­keeper Li­ton Das took the team through to lunch with­out fur­ther drama, adding 54 runs for the sixth wicket, while gath­er­ing dark clouds gave the vis­i­tors some hope.

How­ever, the sixth wicket stand was bro­ken soon af­ter lunch when Mush­fiqur was caught be­hind down the leg-side off Lak­shan San­dakan for 34.

Stand-in cap­tain Herath en­tered the records books when he dis­missed Li­ton to claim his 363rd test scalp and go past New Zealan­der Daniel Vet­tori’s record for the most test wick­ets by a left-arm spin­ner.

The sec­ond Test be­tween the teams gets un­der­way at P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Wed­nes­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.