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Sri Lankan debutant Jayawickrama crush Bangladesh

Sports desk || shiningbd

Published: 13:53, 3 May 2021  
Sri Lankan debutant Jayawickrama crush Bangladesh

22-year-old spinner Praveen Jayawickrama returned 11 wickets conceding 178 runs on debut and helped his team to crush Bangladesh by 209 runs with more than two sessions to play in Kandy Test.

Jayawickrama’s match figures of taking 11 wickets conceding 178 runs is now the record of the best bowling on debut for Sri Lanka.

He is now the first and only bowler from Sri Lanka to take 10 or more wickets on Test debut with five or more in each innings.

With this defeat, Bangladesh lost the series as well. The first Test of the even was ended in a draw at the same venue.

On the fifth and final day of the game, Bangladesh needed to score 260 runs to win or bat for the entire day to save this game at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. But the tourists failed to complete even the first session.

Bangladesh lost the last five wickets in 50 runs and ended up their second innings on 227 in 71 0vers.

While Jayawickrama took five for 86 in the last innings of the match, off-spinner Ramesh Mendis scalped four wickets.

In their second innings, Sri Lanka had posted 194 for nine with the captain Dimuth Karunaratne hitting the highest 66. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bagged five wickets for Bangladesh. With the first-innings lead of 242, Sri Lanka set a target of 437 runs.