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Jayawickrama helps Sri Lanka clinch first series win of 2021

SL v Ban, 2nd Test, day five, report

After a dominating performance by the spinners, Sri Lanka won their first series of 2021 with 209 run victory against Bangladesh in the second Test.


Praveen Jayawickrama was the pick of the bowlers helping Sri Lanka to a 209-run win against Bangladesh in the second Test in Pallekele. His figures of 11 for 178 made him the first Sri Lankan to claim a 10-wicket haul on debut and the first bowler to take a 10-wicket haul on debut since Australia's Jason Krejza.

He is also the first bowler since Narendra Hirwani in 1988 to pick up two five-wicket hauls in his debut match.

The day began with Bangladesh resuming on 177/5, with Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan in the middle. Bangladesh's hopes of a chase suffered an early blow when Jayawickrama trapped Liton lbw in his second over of the day.

With 254 runs required to win, Mehidy Hasan continued his efforts to chase down the target but didn't receive adequate support from the other end. Dhananjaya de Silva sent Taijul Islam packing for 2 after drawing an edge, finding Dickwella behind the stumps.

Ramesh Mendis added to Bangladesh's woes when he claimed the wicket of Taskin Ahmed.

Praveen Jayawickrama dealt the final blows, bagging the wickets of Mehidy Hasan and Abu Jayed in the same over, pushing his wicket tally to 11 wickets.

Sri Lanka won the series 1-0. The first match was a high-scoring draw. 

Jayawickrama was adjudged the Player of the Match while Dimuth Karunaratne was named the Player of the Series.

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