Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Praveen Jayawickrama shines on debut with six-for, hosts in driver’s seat on Day 3 of 2nd Check
Pallekele: Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama took six wickets on debut to dismiss Bangladesh for 251 and provides Sri Lanka a commanding lead Saturday on Day 3 of the second Check.
The 22-year-old Jayawickrama’s six for 92 bettered Upul Chandana’s file of six for 179 in 1999 when he received his first cap towards Pakistan in Dhaka.
Jayawickrama, a alternative for injured Lasith Embuldeniya, has had a modest file in First-Class cricket, however impressed at Pallekele, giving Sri Lanka a wholesome 242-run first-innings lead.
“Simply needed to bowl numerous dot balls and construct stress,” Jayawickrama informed reporters.
“That was the sport plan. Glad all of it labored at the moment, however we now have extra work to do over the following two days,” he stated, including that Tamim’s wicket was the one he actually needed.
He stopped earlier than he might attain a century.
Sri Lanka, who declared earlier within the day on 493 for seven, didn’t implement the follow-on and have been 17 for 2 at stumps with two days’ play remaining and a 259-run lead.
The vacationers had obtained off to a strong begin with the openers including 98 runs for the primary wicket.
Jayawickrama then claimed his maiden Check wicket when Saif Hassan was caught at gully for 25. Ramesh Mendis then accounted for Najmul Shanto for a duck within the subsequent over.
A 52-run stand adopted between Tamim who scored 92 and captain Mominul Haque. Tamim’s exterior edge was grabbed by Lahiru Thirimanne at slips off the bowling of Jayawickrama.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque have been rebuilding the innings as Bangladesh reached 200 with out hassle however within the final over earlier than tea, Jayawickrama trapped Mushfiqur leg earlier than wicket for 40.
Within the remaining session, Bangladesh collapsed, shedding six wickets for 27 runs.
Resuming from their in a single day rating of 469 for six, Sri Lanka declared after 3.3 overs having added 24 runs.
The declaration got here quarter-hour into the morning session after Ramesh Mendis was dismissed to finish a 111-run partnership with Niroshan Dickwella for the seventh wicket.
Taskin Ahmed picked up profession greatest figures of 4 for 127.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo was hopeful of creating a fightback within the subsequent two days.
“Simply needed to bowl numerous dot balls and construct stress. That was the sport plan. Glad all of it labored at the moment, however we now have extra work to do over the following two days,” Jayawickrama informed journalists.
“We nonetheless have a second innings and we now have to mentally put together ourselves for it. It’ll be essential for us,” Domingo stated. “There’s nonetheless numerous cricket to be performed right here.”
Sri Lanka danger falling to their lowest world rankings place in the event that they fail to beat Bangladesh on this second and remaining Check.
The primary Check led to a draw after a competition of runs with the 2 sides scoring 1,289 runs for the lack of simply 17 wickets over the 5 days.
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