Asitha Fernando finished with a career-best 6/51 as Sri Lanka beat hosts Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the second Test on Friday to win the series 1-0. The visitors bowled out Bangladesh for 169 in his second innings with the 24-year-old playing a starring role at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National. Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne said, ‘We knew we needed a few wickets to go our way.
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“The fast bowlers worked for us in both the first and second innings.”
Sri Lanka scored 506 in the first innings after bowling out Bangladesh for 365.
Oshada Fernando scored an unbeaten 21 in three overs to register a disastrous win.
Play resumed on the fifth and final day with the hosts at an indeterminate score of 34-4 and Sri Lanka increased the pressure when Kasun Rajita bowled Mushfiqur Rahim for 23 in the eighth over.
Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das both put on fifties in a 110-run partnership and continued with a mix of caution and aggression in the first session.
In Shakib’s counter-attack, he hit Rajita for three boundaries in an over, forcing Sri Lanka to widen their field set-up, while Liton played an anchor after the restart in the night .
Liton was caught for nine off Rajita as she attempted to flick the ball going down leg, but was saved on review.
It was the fourth catch behind a overturned decision in the match, given by West Indies umpire Joel Wilson.
A counter-punching Shakib made his 27th Test half-century off the last ball off Dhananjay de Silva before Asita dropped the hosts after lunch.
After dismissing openers Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Tamim Iqbal the previous day, he took the wickets of both Liton and Shakib soon after the break, taking four of the last five.
Ramesh Mendis caught Mosaddek Hossain for nine before Asitha wrapped up Bangladesh’s innings with the wickets of Taijul Islam and Khalid Ahmed in successive deliveries.
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said, ‘Disappointing performance.
“He put pressure on us with the new ball, we have to deal with it better next time,” he said.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews won the player of the series award by scoring 145 runs in the first innings.
The first Test in Chittagong ended in a draw.
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