Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - 2nd Test

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Date: 29 April-03 May, 2021

Bangladesh 227/10

RR: 3.2 | Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 209 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Tamim Iqbal c Niroshan Dickwella & b Ramesh Mendisc Niroshan Dickwella & b Ramesh Mendis242631
Saif Hassan c Suranga Lakmal & b Praveen Jayawickramac Suranga Lakmal & b Praveen Jayawickrama344651
Najmul Hossain Shanto bowled Praveen Jayawickramabowled Praveen Jayawickrama264440
Mominul Haque bowled Ramesh Mendisbowled Ramesh Mendis324840
Mushfiqur Rahim c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Ramesh Mendisc Dhananjaya de Silva & b Ramesh Mendis406350
Liton Das lbw Praveen Jayawickramalbw Praveen Jayawickrama174610
Mehidy Hasan c Pathum Nissanka & b Praveen Jayawickramac Pathum Nissanka & b Praveen Jayawickrama398640
Taijul Islam c Niroshan Dickwella & b Dhananjaya de Silvac Niroshan Dickwella & b Dhananjaya de Silva23000
Taskin Ahmed c Dimuth Karunaratne & b Ramesh Mendisc Dimuth Karunaratne & b Ramesh Mendis73300
Shoriful Islam not out not out 0200
Abu Jayed lbw Praveen Jayawickramalbw Praveen Jayawickrama0300
Extras 6 (b 3, lb 2, w 0, nb 1)
Total 227 (10 Wkts, 71.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
31-1 (Tamim Iqbal,7.1), 73-2 (Saif Hassan,16.4), 104-3 (Najmul Hossain Shanto,22.5), 134-4 (Mominul Haque,32), 171-5 (Mushfiqur Rahim,41.4), 183-6 (Liton Das,50.2), 206-7 (Taijul Islam,61.2), 227-8 (Taskin Ahmed,69.4), 227-9 (Mehidy Hasan,70.3), 227-10 (Abu Jayed,71),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Suranga Lakmal4 2 14 0 3.50
Ramesh Mendis28 2 103 4 3.68
Praveen Jayawickrama32 10 86 5 2.69
Dhananjaya de Silva7 1 19 1 2.71
Dimuth Karunaratne 0 0 0 0 0
Lahiru Thirimanne0 0 0 0 0
Oshada Fernando0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0
Pathum Nissanka0 0 0 0 0
Niroshan Dickwella 0 0 0 0 0
Vishwa Fernando0 0 0 0 0

That is it from the Test series! Sri Lanka have won their first series of 2021 and have unearthed a gem in young Praveen Jayawickrama. Bangladesh have succumbed yet again in the longest form. Mominul Haque will hope that his side can improve and finally take that next step in the red-ball format. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. We hope to see you soon. Till then, goodbye and take care!

For his fantastic performance with the bat in both the Tests in this series, Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne is named the Player of the Series. Karunaratne says they are playing well and tells he needed to deliver as captain as he was short of runs coming into the series. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled. Karunaratne says he was too positive from the first ball against West Indies. Tells he spoke to the coaches about it and was told to respect the bowlers and the good ball and that is what he tried to do. Karunaratne says they have faith they can win games and tells they needed to put score on the board. Karunaratne says everything went well in this Test from the word go. Credits Praveen and says he was fantastic along with Ramesh Mendis and tells once they get more confidence from playing, they will be able to fill the shoes of Rangana Herath.

Bangladesh skipper, Mominul Haque, says that the toss was the most important thing in his view. He believes there was nothing on the first two days for the bowlers and hence he feels the toss was crucial. Mominul says the conditions were very similar to home. Mominul says while playing international cricket there will be pressure and one should embrace it. Mominul feels they lost the game in the first innings as they failed to put up score with the bat in the first innings.

For his dream debut, picking up 11 wickets in his maiden outing and becoming the first Sri Lankan to do so. No prizes for guessing, Praveen Jayawickrama is named the Man of the Match. Jayawickrama says that he is extremely happy as this was his goal as a child. Jayawickrama says that the team helped him as there was some pressure but he was able to overcome those.

Stay tuned for the presentation as we hear from both the skippers and find out who our Man of the Match and Player of the Series are!

Bangladesh needed 436 runs to win, a task that always looked a bit far-fetched. If not that, the tourists needed to bat 5 sessions to end this game in a stalemate. That too felt like a daunting task as the pitch was turning square. The visitors failed to do either. Bangladesh batters did try to put up a fight but none of the top order batter could play a marathon innings. That fight was not enough as they failed by a huge score of 209! Once again, debutant and the new star of Sri Lanka cricket, Praveen Jayawickrama was once again in the thick of action. He followed his 6-fer with another 5-wicket haul to become the first Sri Lankan and the 4th player in the world to get 10 or more wickets on Test debut. He was excellently supported by Ramesh Mendis who finished the second innings with a 4-fer.

With a lead of 242 and a lot of time remaining in the Test, Karunaratne decided to bat again. The hosts added up another 194 runs in quick time. Karunaratne was once again the key as he scored 66 off just 78 balls. With the lead of 436, and 5 sessions to have a go at Bangladesh, the Sri Lankan skipper declared. Taijul Islam was the star with the ball for Bangladesh in the second innings as he finished with a 5-fer. That though was not enough as once again the tourists failed to grab 10 wickets. 

The pitch by now had started to become tough to bat on as it started to turn and assist the spinners. Bangladesh's reply started off well as Tamim took charge with his 92. At 214/3, the tourists were looking solid but none of the batters could capitalize on their starts and Bangladesh lost their last 7 wickets for mere 37 runs. It was the Jayawickrama show with the ball as he was instrumental in the collapse and the debutant introduced himself to the Test arena with a bang! Finishing with 6/92! While Suranga Lakmal and Ramesh Mendis grabbed 2 each.

So a quick summary of the Test. Dimuth Karunaratne won the crucial coin toss and decided to bat. A decision that was very important. The pitch looked docile on Day 1 as there was nothing for the bowlers. The hosts took advantage of it and on the back of centuries from Karunaratne and Thirimanne managed to put up a huge score of 493 before declaring. Taskin Ahmed grabbed a 4-fer but the tourists were run ragged on the field and they were unable to pick up 10 wickets. 

Sri Lanka have done it! After three consecutive draws, they have got one over the line and seal the series with a comprehensive win! A dream debut for young Praveen Jayawickrama! 11 wickets on debut, the best ever by a left arm spinner on Test debut as he has won the game and the series for his side in his first appearance in Test cricket. Bangladesh put up a fight but could not manage to find a way to deal with young Praveen Jayawickrama!

70.6
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Abu Jayed, OUT! LBW! Jayawickramam gets a five-fer! Flighted delivery on off, Jayed looks to defend off the back foot but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw and the umpire raises his finger. Jayed reviews it. Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that is three reds and Jayed has to depart. SRI LANKA WIN BY 209 RUNS!

Review! Abu Jayed has been adjudged LBW but he has opted for the review. Will the replays delay the inevitable or will that be the game and series for Sri Lanka?

70.5
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Abu Jayed, On off, Jayed defends it off the front foot.
70.4
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Abu Jayed, BEATEN! Arm ball outside off, Jayed looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.

The last man in is Abu Jayed!

70.3
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, OUT! CAUGHT! 10 wickets on debut for Praveen Jayawickrama! Fantastic anticipation from Nissanka to take the catch. Flighted delivery around off, Mehidy premeditates his paddle. Pathum Nissanka at short leg, quickly moves to his right and shows great reflexes too. Mehidy paddles it uppishly and Nissanka takes a very good catch. 
70.2
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, Short delivery on off, Hasan punches it to mid off.
70.1
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, Tossed up delivery on off, Hasan defends it towards the slip region.
69.6
0
Ramesh Mendis to Shoriful Islam, On off, Shoriful defends it off the front foot.
69.5
0
Ramesh Mendis to Shoriful Islam, Floated delivery on off, Islam defends it off the back foot.

Shoriful Islam walks out to bat at number 10!

69.4
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, OUT! CAUGHT! Ramesh Mendis gets his fourth wicket! Short delivery on middle, Ahmed looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards mid off where Karunaratne takes a good catch.
69.3
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Short delivery on middle, Ahmed pushes it back towards the bowler.
69.2
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ahmed drives it back towards the bowler.
69.1
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Flighted delivery on middle, Ahmed defends it off the back foot.
68.6
4
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, FOUR! Sluggish but gets the boundary. Floated delivery on middle and off, Mehidy drags his sweep through mid-wicket and gets a boundary. Farfetched but Bangladesh now need 210. Mehidy moves to 39 with that boundary.
68.5
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, Flighted on off, Mehidy pushes it to mid off.
68.4
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, Darted fuller on middle and leg, Mehidy pushes it to cover.
68.3
1
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, Floated on off, Taskin pushes it past mid on and takes a run.
68.2
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, Slightly shorter on middle. It is slower through the air. Taskin looks to flick but gets a leading edge which sees the ball go to the bowler. 
68.1
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, Floated on off, Taskin pushes it to mid on.

DRINKS! 2 wickets so far in the day for Sri Lanka as they get closer to sealing the series with an emphatic win. Mehidy Hasan is still out there putting a fight in the middle but he will need someone to fight from the other end too. Taskin Ahmed has battled for 26 balls but how long can he continue? Their first target would be to get through the remaining of the session without any further damage.

67.6
1
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Short delivery on middle, Ahmed flicks it towards mid on for a quick single.
67.5
1
Ramesh Mendis to Mehidy Hasan, Floated delivery on middle, Mehidy flicks it towards square leg for a run.
67.4
0
Ramesh Mendis to Mehidy Hasan, On off, Hasan defends it off the back foot.
67.3
1
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ahmed looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It lands safely towards point. The batsmen take a single.
67.2
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Flighted delivery outside off, Ahmed defends it towards the off side.
67.1
0
Ramesh Mendis to Taskin Ahmed, Floated delivery on middle, Ahmed defends it off the front foot.

Ramesh Mendis is back!

66.6
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, BEATEN! Tossed up delivery outside off, Hasan looks to sweep but misses it.
66.5
1
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, On off, Taskin looks to defend but gets it off the outer half of the bat. It goes past slip towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
66.4
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, Loopy delivery on middle, Ahmed looks to sweep but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
66.3
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, BEATEN! Flighted delivery on off, Ahmed looks to defend but misses it and gets hit on the pads.
66.2
0
Praveen Jayawickrama to Taskin Ahmed, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ahmed defends it to short leg.
66.1
3
Praveen Jayawickrama to Mehidy Hasan, Floated delivery on middle, Hasan plays a paddle sweep towards fine leg. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
65.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva to Taskin Ahmed, Tossed up delivery on off, Ahmed keeps it out.
65.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva to Taskin Ahmed, Quicker delivery outside off, Ahmed blocks it off the front foot.
65.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva to Taskin Ahmed, Floated delivery on off, Ahmed looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
65.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva to Taskin Ahmed, Flighted delivery on off, Ahmed chips it back towards the bowler where it falls short of Dhananjaya de Silva.
65.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva to Taskin Ahmed, Full on off, Ahmed pushes it to covers.